Expenses for Lord Advocate's trip to Brussels: FOI release

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

Information requested

  1. The total monetary value of all expenses incurred by the Scottish Government in relation to the Lord Advocate’s trip to Brussels which was tweeted about by the official COPFS account here.
  2. The details of the expenses incurred in this trip, including travel costs, accommodation and any other associated costs.


A copy of all of the information you requested can be found in the table below.

Name of
Type of booking  Booking Booking Details   Cost
Lord Advocate      FLIGHT  Edinburgh Airport to Brussels Airport (14/11/22)   Economy Ticket    £120.85
Lord Advocate             ACCOMMODATION Hotel in Brussels – 2 nights (14/11/22-16/11/22)  Bed & Breakfast  €570.00
Lord Advocate     RAIL Brussels to the Hague  Economy Ticket    €21.00
Lord Advocate             FLIGHT

Amsterdam Airport to Edinburgh Airport 

Economy Ticket  £91.50
Assistant Private
 FLIGHT Edinburgh Airport to Brussels Airport (14/11/22)  Economy Ticket £120.85
Assistant Private Secretary       ACCOMMODATION Hotel in Brussels – 2 nights (14/11/22-16/11/22) Bed & Breakfast   €570.00
Assistant Private
RAIL  Brussels to the Hague  Economy Ticket   €21.00
Assistant Private
FLIGHT  Amsterdam Airport to
Edinburgh Airport (16/11/22)
Economy Ticket    £91.50
Assistant Private
TAXI   Crown Office to Lord
Advocate’s Home  
-   £10.55
Assistant Private
 TAXI   Edinburgh Airport to Assistant Private Secretary’s Home -    £26.25
Supporting Official        RAIL  

Brussels to the Hague
Return ticket

Economy Ticket    €42.00
Supporting Official      TAXI   Hotel to Home - €9.70
Supporting Official       TAXI  Hotel to Home - €9.85
Supporting Official      TAXI  Scotland House Brussels to UK Ambassador’s
- £8.00
Supporting Official           
TAXI UK Ambassador’s Residence to Scotland House Brussels - £8.00
Supporting Official          METRO  Tickets for Brussels Metro single journey x 4 -  £9.17
Supporting Official       METRO  The Hague Metro day tickets x 5  -  £31.30

Additional Expenses

Speaking Event Scottish Government’s share of the Catering cost   Name of Event:
Social Aspects of Justice: Alternative approaches to the justice system journeys for our citizens 
The cost of the catering was shared with the Department
of Justice Northern
      Total cost £1932.07 *

*Some expenses were incurred in Euro – those amounts have been converted to Pound Sterling using an online tool and added to the total.

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