To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department made an assessment of the effect of Carillion's liquidation on the viability of the small businesses in its supply chain in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK before deciding not to support that company through the bail-out negotiations.
If small subcontractors are providing public sector services then we are taking steps to ensure the continuity of those services.
If subcontractors are supporting private sector contracts then their future role depends on their customers.
The action we have taken is designed to keep vital public services running, rather bailing out a commercial company.
We are mindful of the concerns of Carillion employees in the private sector and resources are open to these workers and businesses affected by Carillion’s liquidation who are seeking further information, including:
This is a private sector company and taxpayers can’t be expected to bail out a private sector company.