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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
The total cost, to date, of providing external legal services/advice to Scottish Government special advisers related to the Scottish Parliament's Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints. This should include all legal services related to the inquiry, such as providing personal legal advice to individuals, corresponding with the inquiry on spad's behalf, etc. Please provide one, single figure for all SG spads collectively.
The answer to your question is that the cost (as of 16 February 2021) of legal advice provided to Scottish Government special advisers, related to the Scottish Parliament's Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints is £8,425.17 (excl VAT). In accordance with the Civil Service Management Code published by the Cabinet Office, civil servants involved in a formal inquiry as a consequence of their employment may be entitled to receive individual legal advice.
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