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Information pertaining to the board of Scottish Canals: FOI release

Published: 9 Nov 2021

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

Published:
9 Nov 2021
Information pertaining to the board of Scottish Canals: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100244809
Date received: 5 Oct 2021
Date responded: 26 Oct 2021
Information requested

1. The total costs incurred by the board of Scottish Canals from 2014 to the present day. This includes all secretariat staffing costs, daily board member fees and expenses, events, publications and officerunning costs.

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

Response

1. Some of the information relating to Board fees you have requested is available on Scottish Canals’ website.

Under section 25(1) (information otherwise available) of FOISA I attach links to the Annual Reports and Accounts for the specified periods;

Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2013-2014.pdf
Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2014-2015.pdf
Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2015-2016.pdf
Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2016-2017.pdf
Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2017-2018.pdf
Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2018-2019.pdf
Scottish-Canals-Annual-Report-and-Accounts-2019-2020.pdf

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested in relation to staffing costs, expenses, events, publications and office-running costs, along with Board Members fees for 2020-2021 as we do not have the latest Annual Report and Accounts for 2020-2021. Scottish Canals may be able to provide you with this information and please contact; freedomofinformation@scottishcanals.co.uk.

2. The following table contains a note of all our recorded engagement between board members and Scottish Government Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries for the dates specified;

Date of event

Cab Sec/Minister

Meeting with

Purpose of meeting

22/1/2014

Minister for Transport and Veterans - Keith Brown MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO*

Photocall Announcement of £0.95m in funding for 2 shovel ready projects;

1. Pinkston Paddle Sports

2. Development of Kelpies Visitor Centre

15/5/2014

Minister for Transport and Veterans -

Keith Brown MSP

Board

Annual meeting with Board

19/5/2014

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioner Rights Shona Robison MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO

Handover of Pinkston Watersports facilities to Glasgow Watersports

17/6/2014

Minister for Transport and Veterans Keith Brown MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO

Ministerial visit to the Helix

3/3/2015

Minister for Transport and the Islands Derek Mackay MSP

Andrew Thin Chair and Steve Dunlop CEO

Ministerial visit to North Glasgow Developments

27/5/2015

Minister for Transport and the Islands Derek Mackay MSP

Board

Annual meeting with the Board at Inverness and photocall

26/6/2015

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs - Fiona Hyslop MSP

Andrew Thin Chair

Meeting to discuss Mooring Charges

8/7/2015

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities - Keith Brown MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Visit - Royal Opening of the Kelpies and Canal extension

13/8/2015

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training - Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Board

Meeting with the Board and photocall – 50:50 Diversity

17/12/2015

Minister for Transport and the Islands Derek Mackay MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Visit – Opening of Bona Lighthouse

9/2/2016

Minister for Transport and the Islands Derek Mackay MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Meeting to discuss Corporate Plan 2016-2019

8/3/2016

Minister for Transport and Islands - Derek Mackay MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Photocall at Bowling harbour and to discuss investment in dredging

29/8/2016

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Meeting regards Boating Charges

19/9/2016

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Speech and attendance at World Canals Conference 2016 Inverness

5/10/2016

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Meeting to discuss Scottish Canals’ contribution to tourism and canal related development

3/11/2016

Minister for Transport and Islands – Humza Yousaf MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Meeting to update Minister on recent and future developments

24/11/2016

Minister for Transport and Islands – Derek Mackay MSP

Board

Annual meeting with the Board

6/12/2016

Minister for Transport and Islands – Humza Yousaf MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Andrew Thin Chair

Visit to North Glasgow Developments

11/1/2017

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO

Visit to Scottish Canals to announce 700th Living Wage Employer

22/7/2017

Minister for Transport and the Islands - Humza Yousaf MSP

Steve Dunlop CEO and Dr Deborah Benson, Board Member

Glasgow Canals Festival

6/2/2018

Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP

Andrew Thin Chair and Steve Dunlop CEO

Meeting on SC Asset Management Strategy

17/5/2018

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy & Connectivity - Fergus Ewing MSP and Minister for Transport and the Islands - Humza Yousaf MSP

Board

Annual Meeting between Ministers and the Board of Scottish Canals

18/9/2018

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity - Michael Matheson MSP

Andrew Thin Chair and Catherine Topley CEO

Meeting with CEO and Chair

17/1/2019

Fiona Hyslop MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Andrew Thin Chair and Catherine Topley CEO

Meet the new Chief Executive, discuss the contribution which Scottish Canals could make to the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 and update on Scottish Canals’ tourism, heritage and culture related developments

24/5/2019

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP

Andrew Thin Chair and Catherine Topley CEO

Visit - Re-opening of the Forth & Clyde Canals.

5/9/2019

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity - Michael Matheson MSP

Catherine Topley CEO and Michelle Wailes Board Member Rob McGregor Board Member

Cabinet Secretary visit to North Glasgow

4/10/2019

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity - Fergus Ewing MSP

Meeting with Scottish Canals

Meeting with Scottish Canals to discuss Corpach Marina development

24/9/2020

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity - Michael Matheson MSP

Andrew Thin Chair and Catherine Topley CEO

Annual Meeting with CEO and Chair of SC

30/6/2021

Minister for Transport - Graeme Dey MSP

Michelle Wailes, Board Member and Catherine Topley, CEO

Launch of Scottish Canals Net Zero Campaign, Falkirk Wheel

24/9/2021

Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights - Patrick Harvie MSP

Andrew Thin, Chair and Catherine Topley, CEO

Opening of The Bowline linear park, Bowling Harbour

* The CEO sits on the Board

Dates of engagements between Scottish Canals and Scottish Ministers between May 2016 and December 2020 are also published on the Scottish Government’s website:

https://www.gov.scot/collections/ministerial-engagements-travel-and-gifts/#2016

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