Peter Murrell's public engagements carried out with FM: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/01329
Date received: 13 June 2017
Date responded: 19 July 2017

Information requested

  • A full breakdown of all occasions when Peter Murrell has represented the Scottish Government since November 2014.

  • Details of all accommodation provided to Peter Murrell on trips made with the First Minister since November 2014. This include date, purpose of trip, accommodation name, cost.

  • Details of all costs met by the Scottish Government in relation to Mr Murrell's public engagements carried out with the First Minister since November 2014.


The answer to your question is that Peter Murrell has not represented the Scottish Government on any occasion since November 2014. Mr Murrell has however accompanied the First Minister at official Scottish Government engagements and his costs were met by the Scottish Government in line with the Scottish Ministerial Code:

No accommodation has been provided specifically for Mr Murrell and no additional costs have been incurred.

All costs associated with First Ministerial visits are proactively published online: /search/?q=ministerial+travel

Those occasions where there were costs for Peter Murrell, beyond those incurred by the First Minister, are listed below.

Date Event Type Total
11/07/2015 Wimbledon Flights £624.27
10/06/2016 National Service of Thanksgiving and Reception to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Flights £558.17
10/07/2016 Wimbledon Flights £316.41
07/2017 China Flights £560

Mr Murrell also accompanied the First Minister to China in July 2015. The only additional costs incurred by Mr Murrell was travel between cities. This is in the region of £560. MrMurrell's international flights were met personally.

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