Flag flying policy: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/00259
Date received: 24 January 2018
Date responded: 21 February 2018

Information requested

I am in possession, via the Scottish Government website, of the two "Days for Hoisting Flags on Building of the Scottish Government" documents, the 2010 version 14 (valid from April 2010) and the 2018 version valid from this month version 23.

I would be grateful if you will answer a few queries;

  • Who was responsible for producing and implementing versions 14 and 23?

  • What was different about those versions between 14 and 23? By that I mean versions 15 through 22?

  • Where can I find those versions?

  • Which Scottish Government department is responsible for production of the versions?

  • Is there any ministerial sign off of latest versions?

  • If so which minister signed off versions 14 and 23?


I will respond to your queries in the order in which they were asked.

  • The Protocol and Honours Team was and is responsible for publishing Scottish Government flag flying operational guidance.

  • I enclose copies of versions 15 and 22 which contain information relating to the inclusion of additional flag flying dates in each version.

  • The operational guidance is published by the Protocol and Honours Team without any ministerial sign off.

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FOI-18-00259 - Flag Flying Guidance - Issue 22 - 2017.pdf
FOI-18-00259- Flag Flying Guidance - Issue 15 - 2011.pdf


Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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