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Civil servants working within the Constitution and Cabinet Directorate: FOI release

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

Published:
11 Nov 2020
Civil servants working within the Constitution and Cabinet Directorate: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000093304
Date received: 2 Sep 2020
Date responded: 23 Oct 2020
Information requested

a. The number of civil servants that work as part of the Constitution and Cabinet Directorate.

If different to the answer to part of a. of question,:

b. The number of civil servants that specifically work on constitutional policy as part of the Constitution and Cabinet Directorate

Response

As at 30 September 2020, there are 75 civil servants working in the Constitution and Cabinet Directorate. The Scottish Government’s website provides details of the work of the Constitution and Cabinet Directorate via this link: https://www.gov.scot/about/how-government-is-run/directorates/constitution-and-cabinet/

In regards to the second question, as of 30 September there are six civil servants in the constitutional policy team which is part of the Constitution and UK Relations Division. In addition to the team leader, the responsibilities of the team are:

  • Constitutional policy (one official)

  • EU Exit legislation, including the Continuity Bill (three officials)

  • Sponsorship of Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland (one official)

Constitutional policy matters feature in a wide range of work across the directorate and the Scottish Government. For example, constitutional policy considerations arise in work on the UK Internal Market Bill and UK frameworks; relations with the UK Government and other devolved administrations; relations with Scottish Parliament; and wider matters such as the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU, and the funding arrangements and tax powers for devolved government.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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