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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21828: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to mitigate any conflict of interest in the tendering process for the Northern Isles Ferry Service.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 March 2019

We endeavour to make every effort to observe good practice in all procurement work undertaken by Transport Scotland. With this in mind, strict protocols are in place to mitigate any potential conflict of interest during this tendering processes. This includes clear protocols which create an “ethical wall” between Transport Scotland’s procurement team and other staff involved with ferries policy. As with other procurements, all procurement related information is treated as commercially sensitive and is not shared beyond those directly involved with the procurement.

As is standard in procurements of this nature, in order to participate in the process, bidders too will need to declare that they have no conflict of interest.