– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 14th November 2001.

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Photo of Brian Fitzpatrick Brian Fitzpatrick Labour

Question S1W-19143

To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since September 1999 in improving access to Executive procurement opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

The Executive has introduced a number of measures aimed at improving access to procurement opportunities. A website, www.scotland.gov.uk/procurement, was launched in November 1999. The site provides information on the types of goods and services the Executive procures and guidance for those wishing to sell to the Executive. In 2000, the Executive introduced an online "business enquiry" service (available through the website above). The business enquiry service provides an easy way for potential suppliers to register their interest in selling to the Executive.

Also, UK ministers recently announced that bidders for Government contracts were no longer to be required to have three years audited financial accounts and were no longer to be required to assume unlimited liability in all cases. I am pleased to say that the Executive already operated on this basis.

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