Date received: 26 November 2018
Date responded: 18 December 2018
“You recently stated that we don't have a gold reserve.
Q.1. What is backing up the three different banknotes that are within circulation in Scotland?
Q.2. What is the value behind these banknotes that make it so valuable that the government needs to borrow them and pay interest upon the usage?”
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. However, you may find some relevant information from The Bank of England on their website
and from the Committee of Scottish Clearing Banks at
The reason why we don’t have the information is explained below.
The Scottish Government does not have the information
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because the regulation of financial services is a matter reserved to the UK Government and Scottish Ministers have no power in this area. The responsibility for regulating commercial banknote issuance lies with the Bank of England. Further information about the issue of bank notes can be found on the Bank of England website by following this link: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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