WESTERN Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to legislate on a Sustainable Procurement Bill within the lifetime of this Parliament.
The Bill would seek to maximise the economic, environmental and social impact of the £9bn annual procurement spend of the public sector in Scotland.
Dr Allan commented: “There is an on-going debate in the islands about how to get clearer benefits for the local economy out of major infrastructure and other works.
“I know there is a lot of dissatisfaction in the islands currently that many local companies are not in a position to bid for public tenders.
“The Scottish Government has recognised that this concern is expressed across Scotland, but is particularly acute in rural areas.
“This is something that I know the SNP group of council candidates have also recognised recently.
“While major projects obviously have to comply with competition rules, and best value has to be sought for public money, there is more we can do to ensure that major public contracts deliver training and employment opportunities for local communities and that is the main aim of this Bill.”