To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts that have been contracted out by his Department was in each year since 2010; what the value of pro bono costs was in each such year; and what estimate he has made of the number of work days contracted out in each such year.
Other than minor or bespoke purchases, the Scotland Office does not normally undertake direct procurement or tendering projects. It uses existing service contracts between suppliers and the Scottish Government or the Ministry of Justice.
Since May 2010, only one contract has been contracted out by the Scotland Office. This was issued to the Royal Mail in 2011-12 for its role in providing candidates' free mailing in the Scottish Parliament election of 2011, the value of which was just over £6.4 million.
We do not record information on pro bono costs nor the number of work days contracted out each year.
Since January 2011, central government departments have been required to publish details of contracts above the value of £10,000 on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at:
Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: