SCOTTISH firms have secured orders worth less than half the total amount of the contracts linked to the new Forth bridge.

About 360 domestic ­companies have been awarded work valued at about £157 million out of a total of £393m handed out so far, the Scottish Government revealed.

Scottish businesses won £72m of the £104m total for supply orders and £85m out of the £289m value of subcontracts, with about 80% of all procurement now complete.

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Transport Minister Keith Brown said the overall project was having a positive impact on businesses. About 92% of the supply orders went to Scottish companies, he said.

But Labour infrastructure spokesman James Kelly said: "The reality is that not enough of the total contracts let have gone to Scottish firms.

"The rest have gone overseas, which is a massive blow for our home-grown businesses."