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Public Procurement – Annual procurement reports for 2021 – 2022: revised procurement strategies and notifying Scottish Ministers

August 22, 2022 by No Comments | Category Scottish Procurement, Uncategorized

We have published a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note, SPPN 5/2022. Providing details of how a public body should notify Scottish Ministers of the publication of their annual procurement report covering the financial year 2021‑22.

Under section 15 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (the 2014 Act), all public bodies which expect to have spend of £5 million or greater on regulated procurements in its next financial year must produce a procurement strategy. Those bodies should also publish an annual report on their regulated procurement activities as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of that financial year.

The 2014 Act also requires Scottish Ministers to publish an annual report on procurement activity in Scotland. To provide an overview of public procurement activity, informed by the individual reports of public bodies in Scotland. A copy of the Ministers’ report must be laid in Parliament.

The SPPN has two supporting document templates, Annex A and Annex B:

Annex A does not feature any new or additional questions to the template for the previous reporting period, 2020-21.

Annex B contains a template concerning the national public procurement priorities set by the Public Procurement Group (PPG). This is for information and advance notice. We are not asking public bodies to report against the priorities at this stage. We will issue a separate commission to bodies at the end of 2022-2023.

This SPPN refers to publishing procurement strategies and annual procurement reports as a legal obligation under the 2014 Act. Though we encourage all public bodies are encouraged to publish strategies and reports as a matter of good practice.

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