First Minister's trip to London on 20 March 2023: FOI release

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

Information requested

Please provide the following information in relation to the First Minister's trip to London on 20 March 2023. 

How long did the trip last? 

Please list the stopping points on the trip (eg Loose Women, address). 

What was the total cost of the trip including a breakdown of individual costs (flights, trains, accommodation, subsistence)? 

How did the First Minister travel to and from London? How many aides attended the trip? 

Can you provide details of the respective aides' job titles?


Details of all Ministerial engagements and expenses are proactively published by the Scottish Government, including the costs of travel (including type) and accommodation. The information can be accessed at the below link: 

An exemption(s) under section(s) 27 (1) of FOISA applies to some the information you have requested. This exemption can be applied when it is the intention of the relevant Scottish public authority to publish the information no later than 12 weeks after the date on which the request was made. 

The First Minister was accompanied by a Private Secretary and a Special Advisor.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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