- 3 Feb 2021
Date received: 25 Nov 2020
Date responded: 15 Dec 2020
In relation to the Scottish Governments current Framework for the Provision of interim IT Staff Services and Provision of Interim Professional Staff Services.
1. Total spend & margin for each public body between Apr 2018 – Mar 2019 on each Framework
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested and therefore this is exempt under Section 17(1) - information not held. This is because the Scottish Government does not hold information in relation to supplier margin, only commission.
We are also unable to provide information under section 33(1)(b) (Commercial Interests) i.e. commission rates.
Disclosure of some of this information is withheld under s33 (1)(b) [Commercial interest], as disclosure of it is likely to prejudice substantially the commercial interest of the bidders and the Scottish Government. As these exemptions are conditional we have applied the public interest test’ to the information. This means we have, in all circumstances of this case, considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding exemption. We recognise there is a public interest in having transparent tendering processes. On the other hand, commercially sensitive information will be made public, and it is likely to damage the commercial interests of the companies whose information is released. This, in turn, could mean that the Scottish Government may be unable to generate genuine and effective competitive tendering processes, and that, in our view, would not be in the public interest.
You will find full details of the exemptions that I consider apply to the information you requested at
Total spend (including commission) for each public body between Apr 2018 – Mar 2019 and to which agency is included in the attached spreadsheet.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House