Scottish Government's Procurement Operating Model: FOI release

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

Information requested

You provided a questionnaire which contained a range of queries (Employee numbers, activities, budgets) relating to the Scottish Government's Procurement Model. Your clarification confirmed that you only required a response to questions 2,3 and 4 of the questionnaire.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested in the format you have asked for which is attached. See Document 1 attached.

Within our response we have interpreted the word, "Council" as "Scottish Government". As the read across from a Council to the Scottish Government is not a great fit, some additional context to our answers has been provided below.

Question 2

‘Procurement activity’ is subject to the Scottish Government Delegated Purchasing Officer Scheme, ensuring that those authorised to award contracts within the Scottish Government have the necessary qualifications, training or experience for their level of delegated responsibility. ‘Central Procurement’ is therefore inclusive of all employees which are Delegated Purchasing Officers.’

Question 4

We have provided our response using information from the Scottish Government consolidated accounts where available, and the Budget for 2021-22, where accounts are not yet available. Links to the published information are included below:

2021-2022 - Scottish budget 2021 to 2022: amendments after introduction of the Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill - (

2020-2021- Report of the Auditor General for Scotland to the Scottish Parliament - Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts: year ended 31 March 2021 - (

2019-2020 - Summaries of Resource, Capital and Total Outturn - Scottish Government consolidated accounts: annual report 2019 to 2020 - (

In all cases the figures stated in the response exclude Scottish Parliament Corporate Body and Audit Scotland.

It must also be noted that the following bodies are included in the 2021-22 Scottish Budget figures but not in the previous years consolidated accounts:

  • National Records of Scotland
  • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
  • Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Scottish Fiscal Commission
  • Revenue Scotland
  • Registers of Scotland
  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Scottish Housing Regulator
  • NHS & Teachers Pension Schemes
  • Forestry Commission (Scotland)

Further information on the Scottish Government consolidated accounting boundary is included within the consolidated accounts as linked to above.

Lastly, it must also be noted that the 2021-22 Scottish Budget figure does not reflect any in-year adjustments such as would occur through Summer, Autumn or Spring Revisions, whereas the consolidated accounts do reflect the amended, final budget position.

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Document 1 - 202200293353


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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