Public Procurement and Property

We have published SPPN 2/2023 on annual reports

May 4, 2023 by No Comments | Category Scottish Procurement, Scottish Procurement Policy Note

We have published the new Annual procurement reports for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024. This SPPN provides details of how a public body should notify Scottish Ministers of the publication of their annual procurement reports covering the financial years 2022-23 and 2023-2024.

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 their 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. This provides 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 a supporting document template, Annex A:

The template at Annex A to this SPPN does not feature any new or additional questions to the template for the previous reporting period. We have, however, removed some questions. For example, we have removed the question concerning the Scottish Business Pledge while a review of the Pledge takes place. Removing this question from Annex A whilst the review takes place will minimise any potential confusion.

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 to publish strategies and reports as a matter of good practice.

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