Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill passed

Monday May 19th, 2014

The Scottish Government has passed the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill with a unanimous vote.

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have voted against living wage amendments. Provisions that were previously announced relating to the living wage will still be retained, however.

The current living wage is £7.65 per hour, £1.34 higher than the national minimum wage. Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said making the living wage mandatory within public sector contracts would breach EU procurement law.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “We have done a difficult job well. We have provided a framework for public procurement that allows us to develop the guidance and the regulations that will give effect to the economic and social objectives that many people – rightly – want public procurement to deliver.”

The bill will be submitted for Royal Assent once it has been scrutinised by the advocate general, the attorney general or by the secretary of state for Scotland.

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