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EU vote may alter rules of public procurement

The UK would have reduced influence if it goes it alone, suggests Lynsey Brown.

IT may not represent the highest profile issue of the current EU debate, but the outcome of June’s in/out referendum could have a significant impact on how procurement is legislated in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Public procurement rules, currently based on EU directives, are a major issue for public sector bodies and all organisations who supply works, goods and/or services to them.

According to the Scottish Government, public spending in areas such as health and education services amounts to over £10 billion per year north of the Border. Given this significant expenditure, there has been a growing focus to ensure robust guidelines are in place to ensure procurement is both fair and cost-effective.

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