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Procurement Reform Bill - Consultation

DescriptionThis consultation is your opportunity to shape the Procurement Reform Bill. Its aim is to establish a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement that supports Scotland's economic growth by delivering social and environmental benefits, supporting innovation and promoting public procurement processes and systems which are transparent, streamlined, standardised, proportionate, fair and business-friendly.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 10, 2012


ISBN 978 1 78045 991 2 (Web publication only)
DPPAS 13241

This document is also available in pdf format (561k)
Covering letter is also available in pdf format (90k)
The respondent information form is available in Word format (193k)


Covering Letter


Executive Summary

Defining sustainable procurement
Public procurement legal framework
Public procurement reform in Scotland
Proposed aims and content of the Bill
Purpose of this consultation
Assessing the impact of our proposals

PART I Public Procurement Processes are Transparent, Streamlined, Proportionate, Standardised and Business-friendly
Introducing a new general duty on public bodies to conduct procurement in an effective, transparent and proportionate manner
Standardising the prequalification process for public contracts
Provision of debrief information
Prohibiting charges being levied for the issue of tender documents

PART II Making it Easier for Business, Particularly Newer Businesses, SMEs and the Third Sector, to Access Public Contract Opportunities and Sub-Contracting Requirements
General duty to consider and act to facilitate access to contract opportunities by newer businesses, SMEs and the Third Sector
Use of single online portal
Mandatory publication of contract documentation
Sub-contracting opportunities

PART III Smarter Use of Public Procurement to Encourage Innovation and Growth

PART IV Taking Account of Social and Environmental Sustainability Issues Through Public Procurement
Using major public contracts to promote jobs and training opportunities through community benefit in procurement clauses
Assisting supported businesses
Maximising benefits of environmental opportunities

PART V Dealing With Inappropriate Conduct and Poor Performing Suppliers

PART VI Application and Compliance
Procurement of health and social services
Utility activities conducted by Private Sector bodies

How to Comment
Handling your response
Next steps
What happens next?
Comments and complaints

Annex A: Living Wage Through Procurement

Annex B: Summary of Changes to the Rules in the European Commission's Legislative Proposals

Annex C: Respondent Information Form

Annex D: Consultation Questionnaire

Annex E: Glossary