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Edinburgh Tram Public Inquiry: associated costs: FOI release

Published: 27 Nov 2018

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
27 Nov 2018
Edinburgh Tram Public Inquiry: associated costs: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/03089
Date received: 23 October 2018
Date responded: 26 November 2018
 
Information requested

“I would be grateful if you could tell me how much the Scottish Government has spent to date on the Edinburgh Tram Public Inquiry. 

I would like to have the figure broken down into the costs associated with :

1. The Chairman.

2. Counsel for the Inquiry.

3. Solicitors for the Inquiry.

4. Administration costs including the Inquiry Secretariat.

5. Specialist Advisers engaged by the Inquiry. 

6. Counsel for the Parties to the Inquiry. 

7. Solicitors for the Parties to the Inquiry. 

8. Specialist Advisers used by the Parties to the Inquiry which has been sanctioned by the Inquiry.”

Response

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act for information in relation to the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry and your response to our clarification that advised on the categorisation of expenditure that is actually possible. That expenditure broken down by those categories and financial years is as follows:

 

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19*

Total

 

£000’s

£000’s

£000’s

£000’s

£000’s

£000’s

Staff costs

385

1,212

1,332

1,033

275

4,237

Accommodation

173

333

326

342

26

1,200

Professional fees

103

561

721

848

82

2,315

Transport Scotland Legal fees**

 

 

 

49

56

105

IT

184

343

237

182

52

998

Miscellaneous

54

108

63

481

61

767

Total

899

2,557

2,679

2,935

552

9,622

 

*Expenditure from 1st April to 30th September 2018.

**Expenditure incurred by Transport Scotland as a core participant in the Inquiry added for completeness.

With regards to other costs relating to the Chair of the enquiry to date, I have concluded that the exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) should continue to be applied to the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.  This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

In relation to the details of costs with Counsel, solicitors and Special Advisers I can advise that the Scottish Government does not hold full details of this information. The figures disclosed above represent the legal and professional fees which we have been able to extract from the data we hold. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. The Edinburgh Tram Inquiry is independent of the Scottish Government and not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit 
Email: ceu@gov.scot
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