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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
FOI reference: FOI/18/00996 Date received: 28 March 2018 Date responded: 25 April 2018
The amount spent on taxi journeys to and from St Andrews House and the Scottish Parliament in 2017 and for the number of journeys made by ministerial cars between the same two destinations for the same year.
In the calendar year of 2017 the amount spent on taxi journeys between St Andrew's House and the Scottish Parliament (excluding Ministers) was £1,113.32.
Civil servants are required to travel in the most cost-effective and time-efficient method available, and are encouraged to walk or use public transport. If a taxi journey is necessary, we encourage taxi sharing by all staff wherever possible.
Ministerial car and taxi travel is routinely published on the Scottish Government website. Details can be found here (tab 2 and 4 of each monthly spread sheet):