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First Minister’s Chief Of Staff, meetings, overseas visits and expenses: FOI release

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

Published:
2 Apr 2019
First Minister’s Chief Of Staff, meetings, overseas visits and expenses: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/201900000556
Date received: 21 Feb 2019
Date responded: 25 Mar 2019
Information requested

 

1. A copy of the business diary of Elizabeth Lloyd, the First Minister’s Chief of Staff, for November 2017.

2. A copy of the expense claims for October and November 2018 of Elizabeth Lloyd, the First Minister’s Chief of Staff, including travel expenses.

3. An itemised list of all meetings arranged in the First Minister’s Office in St Andrew’s House for the month of November 2018, together with a full list of who was in attendance at each meeting.

4. An itemised list of all overseas visits dating from the Scottish Election of 2016 onwards which were funded by the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliament and which were attended by the First Minister’s Chief of Staff Elizabeth Lloyd together with a full list of all who attended on the delegations and a list of all who received and met them.

5. A copy of the itemised bills for the Government provided phones and phone lines for the First Minister’s Chief of Staff Elizabeth Lloyd each month from October 2017 to date.

6. A list of all meetings between Elizabeth Lloyd the First Minister’s Chief of Staff and Mr Angus Roberston in calendar year 2018 together the location, date and purpose of such meetings.

7. A list of all meetings between Elizabeth Lloyd the First Minister’s Chief of Staff and Mr Andrew Wilson in calendar year 2018 together the location, date and purpose of such meetings.

 

Response

 

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some parts of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, for example names of individuals or other personal data, and that information has been redacted or not disclosed. Disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. 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.
I am providing the information you have requested that is not covered by this exemption on question by question basis below.


1. A copy of the business diary of Elizabeth Lloyd, the First Minister’s Chief of Staff, for November 2017.
Information is not retained in calendars for longer than is needed. The information held in the calendar ‘business diary’ for Elizabeth Lloyd for November 2017 is shown in Annex A.


2. A copy of the expense claims for October and November 2018 of Elizabeth Lloyd, the First Minister’s Chief of Staff, including travel expenses.
During October 2018 and November 2018 the following expenses were claimed by Elizabeth Lloyd.

Date Expense type  Amount 
15 October 2018  Taxi 25.15

 

3. An itemised list of all meetings arranged in the First Minister’s Office in St Andrew’s House for the month of November 2018, together with a full list of who was in attendance at each meeting.
The following meetings were arranged in the First Minister’s Office in St Andrew’s House in November 2018.

Date Meeting   Attendees  
27 November 2018  Budget Meeting Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work
Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy
John Nicholson
Eleanor Emberson Ryan
Liz Lloyd
27 November 2018  Weekly Catch Up  First Minister
Permanent Secretary

 

4. An itemised list of all overseas visits dating from the Scottish Election of 2016 onwards which were funded by the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliament and which were attended by the First Minister’s Chief of Staff Elizabeth Lloyd together with a full list of all who attended on the delegations and a list of all who received and met them.
Information regarding overseas visits is proactively published as part of our Transparency Data publications on the Scottish Government website, see:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/?term='ministerial engagements'&page=1
The list of visits in scope for your request is as follows:

Start Date End Date  Location Event
29/06/2016 29/06/2016 Belgium Various meetings regarding Scotland's place in Europe, following the results of the UK Referendum on EU membership
09/08/2016  09/08/2016  Germany  Visit to Berlin
06/10/2016 08/10/2016 Iceland Visit to Iceland - Arctic Circle Assembly 2016
02/04/2017 08/04/2018 United States Trade and investment trip to USA
05/10/2017 06/10/2017 Ireland Visit to Dublin
14/11/2017 16/11/2017 Germany 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bonn

 

In relation to questions 5, 6, and 7:

 5. A copy of the itemised bills for the Government provided phones and phone lines for the First Minister’s Chief of Staff Elizabeth Lloyd each month from October 2017 to date

 6. A list of all meetings between Elizabeth Lloyd the First Minister’s Chief of Staff and Mr Angus Roberston in calendar year 2018 together the location, date and purpose of such meetings.

 7. A list of all meetings between Elizabeth Lloyd the First Minister’s Chief of Staff and Mr Andrew Wilson in calendar year 2018 together the location, date and purpose of such meetings.

The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

 

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foi-201900000556 Annex A

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