- 22 May 2019
Date received: 25 Apr 2019
Date responded: 15 May 2019
Despatch boxes used by Scottish Government Ministers:
1. How many boxes the government owns?
2. How much the Scottish Government has spent on the boxes?
3. Which company the Scottish Government purchased the boxes from?
The answer to your question 1 is as follows:
The government currently holds a total of 9 Blue Cabinet Secretary Despatch Boxes.
In relation to question 2 and 3, we do not have the information you have requested. This is because the boxes were purchased over 10 years ago and a record of purchase has not been retained.
Information about the history of the locks used in Ministerial Boxes (including the boxes we hold) can be found at http://www.antiquebox.org/bramah/. It is likely the boxes were purchased from what we understand would have been the then official supplier https://www.barrowhepburngale.com/, however, we do not hold information to confirm this.
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for in relation to your question 2 and question 3. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House