Engagements between Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Government: FOI release

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

Information requested

1. The total costs incurred by Historic Environment Scotland from 2014 to the present day. This includes all secretariat staffing costs, daily board member fees and expenses, events, publications and office-running costs.

2. A record of all engagement between board members and Scottish Government ministers and Cabinet Secretaries from 2014 to the present day.


Please note that Historic Environment Scotland was established on 1 October 2015 as a result of the merger between Historic Scotland, a government agency, with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, an executive non-departmental public body.

Attached is a copy of most of the information you requested concerning the total costs of Historic Environment Scotland below. Some of the information you have requested is available online, I have included links to the relevant webpages for your convenience and have detailed where to find the costs you requested.

19-20 - Staff Page 63, Trustee Page 92 Other Expenditure Page 89

18-19 - Staff Page 82, Trustee Page 88, Other Expenditure Page 85

17-18 - Staff Page 76, Trustee Not Found , Other Expenditure Page 66

16-17 - Staff Page 74, Trustee Not Found, Other Expenditure Page 64

15-16 - Staff Page 65, Trustee Page 67, Other Expenditure Page 59

14-15 - Staff Page 37, Trustee Not Found, Other Expenditure Page 36

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. Total costs for 2020-21 are due to be laid before parliament on 22 November 2021 and the costs for 2021-2022 will be published as part of the regular annual cycle and will be published on the Historic Environment Scotland webpage in due course.

Attached is a document containing a list of the ministerial engagement between board members and Scottish Government ministers and Cabinet Secretaries from 2014 to 4 October 2021 as per your request.

I would also like to draw your attention to the published information regarding ministerial engagements which is available on the Scottish Government webpage.

You can find the information for current Ministerial engagements (from May 2016) here: https://www.gov.scot/collections/ministerial-engagements-travel-and-gifts and for pre-May 2016 engagements here: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20170401123936/http://www.gov.scot/About/People/14944/Events-Engagements/MinisterialEngagements.

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FOI202100244589 - Information released


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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