All costs relating to Edinburgh trams since 2014: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/01982
Date received: 29 August 2017
Date responded: 14 September 2017

Information requested

A full breakdown of all costs relating to the trams inquiry since it was set up. Please break this down by category and financial year, as follows:

  • Staff costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Legal fees
  • IT costs
  • Other

Please also provide details of all costs relating to the Chair of the inquiry, Lord Hardie, to date, and please provide details of how much he will be paid in future.


I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act for information in relation to the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry. The expenditure since the Inquiry was set up broken down by category and financial year is as follows :

2014-15 £000's 2015-16 £000's 2016-17 £000's 2017-18 £000's Total £000's
Staff costs 385 1,212 1,332 418 3,347
Accommodation 173 333 326 59 891
Professional fees 127 573 721 262 1,683
IT 184 343 237 70 834
Miscellaneous 30 96 63 17 206
Total 899 2,557 2,679 826 6,961

We are not able to provide details of amounts paid to Lord Hardie under the Data Protection Act.

The figures represent expenditure incurred to the end of the last reporting period in the current financial year. Staff costs mainly relate to salaries for staff already employed by the Scottish Government. IT and other office equipment and furniture will be absorbed back into Scottish Government at the end of the Inquiry and the accommodation used by the Inquiry is the subject of a longer term lease in favour of Scottish Ministers and on conclusion of the Inquiry will be used by them for some other purpose until the expiry of the lease. Legal fees are included in the heading of Professional fees.

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