Publication - FOI/EIR release

Grouse Moor Management Group full cost of Werritty review: FOI release

Published: 9 Apr 2020

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

Published:
9 Apr 2020
Grouse Moor Management Group full cost of Werritty review: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000021424
Date received: 10 Mar 2020
Date responded: 7 Apr 2020
Information requested

A breakdown of the FULL financial cost of the recent Werritty review on grouse moor management. You've previously provided me with information about Prof Werritty's hourly rate and the number of work days he was paid for. However, I would also like details of ALL expense claims paid to Professor Werritty and any of his colleagues (either panel members of special advisors) for work conducted as part of this review. If any further costs have been accrued by anyone else, please include those too.

Response

In our response to your previous FOI request for “how many days at £250 per day did Professor Werritty claim” we advised that Professor Werritty claimed for 95 days work. This number was slightly inaccurate, as some of Professor Werritty’s per diem costs had been attributed to expenses in error.
Professor Werritty claimed for 108.5 days, the payment amounts are laid out in the table below.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, ie the names of some of those involved in the Grouse Moor Management Group 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.
Some of the expenses have been grouped at the bottom of the table, such as estate expenses, where we are unable to provide the identity of individual estates:
 

Name

Expense type

Amount

(£)

Total (£)

 

[Redacted]

Per diem

6250.00

 

6481.25

Expenses

231.25

[Redacted]

Expenses

47.70

47.70

 

[Redacted]

Per diem

11875.00

 

13605.24

Expenses

1730.24

 

[Redacted]

Per diem

2000.00

 

5351.17

Expenses

3351.17

 

Alan Werritty

Per diem

27125.00

 

28380.90

Expenses

1255.90

Alison Hester

Expenses

1017.05

1017.05

Colin Reid

Expenses

492.90

492.90

 

Calum MacDonald

Per diem

3000.00

 

3412.85

Expenses

412.85

Des Thompson

Expenses

0.00

0.00

Susan Davies

Expenses

0.00

0.00

Karen Rentoul

Expenses

178.90

178.90

James Hutton Institute

Per diem

13200.00

13200.00

Strutt and Parker

Per diem

3000.00

3000.00

The Royal Society Edinburgh (inc. Saltire Hospitality)

 

Expenses

 

7807.61

 

7807.61

Estate visit expenses

Expenses

2749.20

2749.20

Non RSE Meetings

Expenses

271.51

271.51

Simon Lester (Meeting 3)

Expenses

241.97

241.97

 

 

Total

86238.25

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.

Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG