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Procedures and advertisements for low level tenders: FOI release

Published: 17 Apr 2020

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
17 Apr 2020
Procedures and advertisements for low level tenders: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000023198
Date received: 26 Mar 2020
Date responded: 15 Apr 2020
Information requested

1. Please provide a list of websites you use to advertise for low amount tenders and RFQs which are below OJEU level.
2. What framework lists do you use for direct award contracts?
3. What procedures do you have in place to avoid collusion in the award of low level tenders and RFQs?

Response

Please see below the a response to all the information you requested in the same order as your questions.
1. We advertise all our contract opportunities on Public Contracts Scotland www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.

2. Details of all our framework contracts are available on the Scottish Government website www.gov.scot/publications/frameworks-and-contracts. The SG will utilise these frameworks, including for direct awards if relevant, when they offer the most appropriate route to market for the requirement involved. SG may also use the UK Government’s Crown Commercial Services (CCS) frameworks where appropriate www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/agreements. CCS is an executive agency of the UK Government. It is responsible for managing the procurement of common goods and services, increasing savings for the taxpayer by centralising buying requirements, and leading on procurement policy on behalf of the government.

3. Award procedures must be documented to provide evidence of how the final decision was reached. Within the Scottish Government there are segregation of duties procedures over who can make procurement decisions and who can process order requests so that one person cannot process a complete transaction without oversight. Segregations include Delegated Purchasing Officers with authority limits who must adhere to Scottish Public Finance Manual. Award details are published on a contract register on Public Contracts Scotland for transparency.

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