Fiona Hyslop's trip to France in March 2018: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/01732
Date received: 21 June 2018
Date responded: 17 July 2018

Information requested

Information on who Ms Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs met in France from 16 to 17 of March. You also requested for information on personal costs associated with the visit and for any staff who accompanied her; for correspondence on the trip and for the job titles of the staff that accompanied her.


Information about Ministerial engagements (including overseas engagements) are published on the Scottish Government website. They can be found in first tab of each monthly spread sheet:


Ministerial overseas visits are also published on the Scottish Government website. Details include all Ministerial costs associated with the visit. They can be found in the second tab of each monthly spread sheet:


Job Title Total Cost for Accompanying Officials
Cabinet Secretary for the Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Travel - Flights £396.60
Cost for supporting staff (3 people in total from Private Office, the European Relations Division and Communications) Flight Travel £1221.59
Taxi Travel £100.31
Rail Travel £9.03
Meal Claims £19.20
Foreign Travel Other £20.08
Motor Millage Allowance £4.50
Embassy Car Hire £219.36

Please find attached all correspondence relating to the Minister's visit to France in the PDF files in the email.

Reasons for not providing information

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information you have requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it (names/personal details) would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

Some information also falls under the exemption 25(1) (Information otherwise accessible) applies to some of the information you have requested because under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another format.

About FOI

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FOI-18-01732 - related documents - part 1.pdf
FOI-18-01732 - related documents - part 2.pdf
FOI-18-01732 - related documents - part 3.pdf
FOI-18-01732 - related documents - part 4.pdf


Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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