Public Procurement Contracts (Small and Micro Businesses)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

I am pleased to hear the cabinet secretary’s enthusiasm on the issue and I welcome that progress, but it is important to focus on the value, rather than the number, of contracts that are going to small companies. I am concerned that recent answers to my parliamentary questions suggest that, although the number may have increased, the value of public contracts going to small and micro companies fell from 26 per cent to 18 per cent between 2010 and 2012. What action is the cabinet secretary taking to ensure that that decrease does not become a trend? Can she advise whether, within European Union rules, the Scottish Government can set an aspirational target for small-business procurement?