Policy Statements and Initiatives
Scottish Parliament: New procurement guidelines which aim to place greater emphasis upon environmental & social issues have been published by the Scottish Parliament (SP) in a month long consultation (closes 20 July 2007).
The strategy, on which public views are now sought, has been developed by the SP's Procurement Services team and covers four key areas: Professionalism, Environmental impact, Ethical & social issues and Small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) & local suppliers.
The draft strategy also focuses on the importance of environmental and ethical factors when choosing suppliers and sets clear targets to encourage existing contractors to improve their own environmental performance.
Press release ~ Draft Strategy and related documents ~ Scottish Parliament ~ Scottish Executive - Sustainable Development ~ Thirdwave ~ Centre for Human Ecology ~ Scottish Sustainable Development Forum ~ Scottish Federation of Small Business
Scottish Executive: The new Scottish Government will move forward with a transport programme that will be 'ambitious, achievable and value for money', MSPs have been told.
The Government accepted a parliamentary vote to proceed with the Edinburgh Trams project within the budget limit set by the previous administration. It also agreed to report back to Parliament in September on the governance defects identified by the Auditor General in the EdinburghAirport Rail Link (EARL) project and to make no new financial commitment to the project in the meantime.
Transport Minister StewartStevenson also set out the following priorities for roads:
A commitment to complete the M74 extension
To complete the missing gap in the M80 between Stirling (Stepps to Haggs)
A commitment to complete the key link between the M8 at Baillieston to Newhouse
A commitment to proceed with the delivery of the A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route