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Procurement activity during the Scottish Parliament election period: SPPN 04/2016

This note reminds staff involved in procurement activity of the need to consider their organisation's guidance on conduct during the Scottish Parliament election period.

Published:
9 Mar 2016
Procurement activity during the Scottish Parliament election period: SPPN 04/2016

Procurement activity during the Scottish Parliament election period

Purpose

1. To remind staff involved in procurement activity of the need to consider their organisation's guidance on conduct during the Scottish Parliament election period.

Key point

  • procurement staff are reminded that procurement announcements or decisions might fall within rules on conduct of public officials during the run up to the Scottish Parliament election

Background

2. The Scottish Parliament formally dissolves at midnight on 23rd March, with the election period commencing on 24th March and running until the election takes place on 5th May. During this period, staff in some public bodies are required to adhere to special guidelines designed to ensure that the conduct of official business does not interfere with the conduct of the election. Procurement announcements and decisions can come under guidelines applicable during the election period, particularly if they are high profile and do not simply constitute part of the day to day business of government.

3. Procurement staff are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with their organisation's guidance on conduct during the Scottish Parliament election period and to exercise caution when handling announcements and/or significant decisions during this time.

Dissemination

4. Please bring this SPPN to the attention of all relevant staff, including those in Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies and other sponsored public bodies within your area of responsibility.

Contact

5. Enquiries about this SPPN should be addressed to Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate, scottishprocurement@gov.scot

Contact

Any enquiries relating to this SPPN should be addressed to Scottish Procurement:

Scottishprocurement@gov.scot

Scottish Procurement
The Scottish Government
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU