Public Contracts

As you may know, all public contracts are carefully assessed to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. However, I would like to assure you that my Scottish Conservative colleagues and I would scrutinise any suggestions of impropriety very seriously indeed.

More broadly, I am aware that over 160 public contracts have been awarded throughout this pandemic by the NHS, SNP Government, local authorities and others directly to suppliers without any competitive process.

While I understand the need to procure goods urgently in a pandemic, this should not be at the expense of transparency. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic, I will be sure to follow the matter closely.