It is important that public services are outcomes based and person centred, and these principles apply to procurement as much as any other aspect of public service. Indeed, procurement is an area where process directly affects outcome.
In order to realise the full potential of procurement, we need to ensure that the legal and policy frameworks for public procurement in Scotland are transparent, responsive and fit for purpose.
The Bill will establish a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement that supports Scotland’s economic growth by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits, supporting innovation and promoting processes and systems which are transparent, streamlined, standardised, proportionate, fair and business-friendly.
This consultation paper covers a wide range of issues in relation to the procurement process. And it is by ensuring these issues are addressed that we can maximise the ability for procurement to support effective policy development and service delivery.