Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

More contractor transparency mooted

Plans to extend freedom of information laws in Scotland to include private firms that carry out public sector projects, including prison operators and building contractors, have been put forward for consultation by the Scottish Government.

Currently, all public authorities are subject to legislation that provides transparency to the public over the quality of service provided, as well as ensuring value for money.

The new plans, which would be revised to include contractors involved in the construction of schools and hospitals, have been earmarked for formal consultation by MSPs.

The law may also be extended to include the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, Glasgow Housing Association, trusts set up by local councils to provide leisure, sport or cultural services and the firms which operate and maintain trunk roads.

However, CBI Scotland said an expansion to the current law is unnecessary and would increase the cost of services.

Parliamentary Business Minister Bruce Crawford said: “It is important that organisations who deliver key public services for the people of Scotland operate transparently so the public can be reassured we are getting high-quality services and value for money.”