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Public Procurement Reform - a rapid evidence review

DescriptionThe evidence review examines existing material on procurement reform, drawing on policy and research evidence from Scotland, the UK and EU, to help inform the development of the Scottish Government Procurement Reform Bill.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 16, 2013


Dr. Vivian Leacock
Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate

ISBN 978 1 78256 800 1 (web only publication)
DPPAS 14574

This document is also available in pdf format (986KB)


Executive Summary
Aim and objectives
Scope of review and methodology
Scottish and EU procurement reform policy contexts
Key findings

Chapter 1: Introduction and methodology
Scope and structure of the evidence review
Context setting and highlights from the evidence

Chapter 2: Policy and legislative contexts – Scotland, UK and EU
The justification for procurement reform
Scottish policy context - procurement reform in the context of developing sustainable, economic growth and public service reform
Scottish legislation
EU policy context

Chapter 3: Procurement reform: some developments in Scotland and the UK
Procurement reform - some developments in Scotland and the UK
Developing systems capability and data collection in Scotland
Where do gaps and challenges still exist?

Chapter 4: Scottish Procurement Reform Bill Consultation analysis
Key findings

Chapter 5: Key findings from the evidence
Theme 1 - Public Procurement processes are transparent, streamlined, proportionate, standardised and business friendly
Theme 2 - Making it easier for business, particularly, newer businesses, SMEs and the third sector, to access public contract opportunities and sub-contracting opportunities
Theme 3 - Smarter use of public procurement to encourage innovation and growth
Theme 4 - Taking account of social and environmental sustainability issues through public procurement
Theme 5 - Dealing with inappropriate conduct and poor performing suppliers
Theme 6 - Application and compliance

Chapter 6: Conclusion


Appendix One - Glossary of terms