- 9 Jun 2021
Date received: 22 Mar 2021
Date responded: 19 Apr 2021
Could you please tell me who paid for the James Hamilton QC inquiry and how much it cost.
Some of the information you have requested is available from the Scottish Parliament website, in the response to PQ S5W-31054. The response is available at the following link: Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business : Scottish Parliament.
Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. However, in the interests of being helpful, the relevant information is provided
"Appointment as an Independent Adviser does not attract payment. Reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be paid in line with normal Civil Service rules".
The Scottish Government has covered the costs of legal support, and communications software required for the investigation.
The costs of these are set out below:
Legal advice: £10,750
Communications software: £30
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