11.00-11.30am, Thursday 23 September
With the Scottish budget forecast to decrease by £3.7 billion in real terms over the period of the next Spending Review, all parts of the public sector will be under real pressure to deliver best value for money. The spotlight is now firmly on the procurement community and how it can help deliver improved services, as well as ambitious efficiency savings.
Ahead of the Scottish Government's Sixth National Public Procurement Conference, due to be held at the SECC, Glasgow on 26 October, Alastair Merrill, the Scottish Government's Director of Procurement will be participating in a live blog, providing you with a key opportunity to pose your question on any topic relating to public spending in Scotland.
Key topics at this live interactive debate might include:
- Efficiency agenda
- Collaboration and shared services
- Opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)
- Procurement legislation
- The role of the third sector
This live Q&A will take place at 11-11.30am on Thursday 23 September. You can submit your question and become part of the debate, or simply view the live Q&A in action at http://www.procurexscotland.co.uk/blog
If you are unable to participate at this time but would still like to ask Mr Merrill a question, you can submit your question in advance and it will be published during the debate.
A full transcript of the live Q&A will also be available following the event.