- 30 Mar 2020
Date received: 2 Mar 2020
Date responded: 26 Mar 2020
“How much the Scottish Government spent purchasing the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow (Company) in August 2019. This should include: All advice and legal service costs; Redundancy costs (If any); Payments to Board members, owner/s of company; any Company Debts outstanding at time of Purchase; And any other costs incurred in the purchase of this company.”
We are responding on the basis that your query relates to the purchase of the business and certain assets of Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (in Administration) by Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited, a Company wholly owned by the Scottish Ministers, on 2 December 2019.
With this purchase in mind, we have included a breakdown of the costs incurred by the Scottish Government in completing this transaction within Annex A of this letter.
No employees were made redundant as a result of the acquisition of the business by Scottish Government and hence there were no redundancy costs incurred.
The Scottish Government made no payments to the owners of Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (in Administration) or to its Board members as part of the transaction.
|Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited|
|Purchase of business and certain assets of FMEL||7,543,857||1|
|Land and Buildings Transaction Tax||244,925|
|Crown rent and registration||7,415|
|Professional advisors - Legal and Commercial||574,217||2|
1 - The purchase of the business and certain assets of Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited - in Administration ("FMEL") by Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited ("FMPG"), a company wholly owned by the Scottish Ministers, in the sum of £7,543,857, was satisfied by being set-off against the sums owing by FMEL to the Scottish Ministers (resulting in part from loans provided by the Scottish Ministers to FMEL). As a result, the purchase of the business and certain assets was made at no additional cash cost to the Scottish Government. The assets purchased by FMPG included book debts totalling approximately £225,000.
2 - This cost covers the legal and commercial advice received by Scottish Government in respect of its involvement with FMEL and FMPG covering the period from August 2019 to February 2020. Whilst not all of the advice billed in this period directly related to the transaction, the majority did.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House