Local Authority Procurement

– in the Scottish Parliament on 30th October 2019.

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Photo of Aileen Campbell Aileen Campbell Scottish National Party

I recognise the work that the member does on issues around safety more generally. It is already a requirement of all public procurement exercises that suppliers comply with all health and safety law and declare any breaches. Bidders that have breached health and safety law must demonstrate that they have taken appropriate self-cleansing measures to remedy any breaches or face being excluded from the procurement exercise.

Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

What role does the cabinet secretary expect procurement plans to have in helping councils to balance struggling budgets?

Photo of Aileen Campbell Aileen Campbell Scottish National Party

I am not sure what that has to do with procurement. I would say, though, that if we had followed the Conservative tax plans, which would have taken more money out of local authorities, they would have had £500 million less. However, if the member wants to come back on issues to do with procurement, which I do not think featured in his question—

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

I thought that the question was relevant. It was about procurement across local authorities and comparing that to financial challenges.

Photo of Aileen Campbell Aileen Campbell Scottish National Party

Sorry. I misunderstood or misheard, as I thought that the member was talking about the budget.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

You are not having a discussion about it.

Photo of Aileen Campbell Aileen Campbell Scottish National Party

I reiterate, however, that the Conservatives’ tax plans would have taken more money out of the budget for local authorities. However, we will continue to engage on that issue at another time.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

We will just call all that a bit of a guddle and have a look at the

Official Report afterwards. I am not wasting any more time on it.