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The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2016

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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2016 No. 30 (C. 5)

Public Procurement

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2016

Made

19th January 2016

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

21st January 2016

Coming into force

18th April 2016

The Scottish Ministers make the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45(2) and (3) of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014(1).

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2016 and comes into force on 18th April 2016.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order, “the Act” means the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Appointed days

3.  The day appointed for the coming into force of all sections of, and the schedule to, the Act in so far as not already in force, other than sections 8(2) and (3), 9, 24 and 25, is 18th April 2016.

4.  The day appointed for the coming into force of sections 8(2) and (3), 9, 24 and 25 of the Act is 1st June 2016.

Transitional provisions

5.—(1) Despite the coming into force of section 15 of the Act, a contracting authority is not required to prepare a procurement strategy relating to any period before 31st December 2016.

(2) The first procurement strategy prepared by a contracting authority must cover the remainder of the financial year of the contracting authority in which 31st December 2016 occurs and the first financial year starting after 31st December 2016.

(3) The Act does not apply to any regulated procurement where the procedure was commenced before 18th April 2016.

(4) For the purpose of paragraph (3), a procedure is commenced before 18th April 2016, if before that date a contracting authority has—

(a)published any form of advertisement seeking offers in relation to the contract; or

(b)contacted any economic operator in order to—

(i)seek offers in relation to the contract; or

(ii)respond to an unsolicited offer received from that economic operator in relation to the contract.

KEITH BROWN

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

19th January 2016

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order completes the full commencement of all of the remaining provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 at the dates appointed in articles 3 and 4. The Schedule to that Act came into force in its entirety on 28th September 2015 and other sections came into force on Royal Assent or on the dates set out in the attached Note as to earlier commencement.

The provisions commenced by this Order are as follows.

Sections 3 to 7 cover key concepts and application of the Act which are contracting authorities, regulated procurements, framework agreements and dynamic purchasing systems.

Sections 8, 9, 11, 12, 14 to 19 and 21 cover general duties and procurement strategies. General duties include the sustainable procurement duty and a requirement for publication of a procurement strategy and annual reports.

Sections 22 to 25 and 27 to 36 cover specific duties which are publication of notices on the Public Contracts website, community benefit requirements, selection of tenderers and award of contracts, technical specifications, charges for participation in procurement process, the giving of reasons and the keeping of a contracts register.

Sections 37 to 40 cover remedies.

Article 5 of this Order makes transitional provisions in relation to procurement strategies, the first of which does not need to be produced by contracting authorities until 31st December 2016 and applies the provisions of the Act only to procurements starting on or after 18th April 2016.

NOTE AS TO EARLIER COMMENCEMENT ORDERS

(This note is not part of the Order)

The following provisions of the Act have been brought into force by commencement orders made before the date of this Order:—

ProvisionDate of CommencementS.S.I. No.
Sections 1-228th September 20152015/331
Section 1011th January 20162015/411
Section 1311th January 20162015/411
Section 15(5)(b)(iii) (only for the purpose of the definition of the “living wage”)28th September 20152015/331
Section 15(7)28th September 20152015/331
Section 2011th January 20162015/411
Section 2611th January 20162015/411
Section 2928th September 20152015/331
The schedule28th September 20152015/331
(1)

2014 asp 12. Section 8 of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 10) allows the power to be exercised so as to appoint different days for different purposes.

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