16 December 2004
Scottish businessman John McClelland is to head a Gershon-style review of public-sector procurement in Scotland.
McClelland, who is chairman of Technology Ventures Scotland and vice-chairman of Rangers FC, will conduct the review in 2005 as part of the Efficient Government initiative.
The initiative is a five-year programme, launched in June, that aims to cut waste, bureaucracy and duplication in Scotland's public sector.
According to Building a Better Scotland, a recent report on the efficiency plans, procurement is expected to contribute cost reductions of £200 million a year.
This will form a large part of the £745 million total annual savings targeted by 2007-08.
Collaborative buying and greater use of e-commerce model eProcurement Scotl@nd will spearhead savings for purchasing.
Announcing McClelland's appointment, Tom McCabe, minister for finance and public reform, told the Scottish Parliament that Scotland needed to adopt e-procurement across the public sector to make the savings.
The exact scope of McClelland's review has not been finalised but he is expected to identify areas for improvement and make recommendations by the end of 2005.