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Engagement and total cost incurred by Scottish Land Commission: FOI release

Published: 11 Jan 2022

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

Published:
11 Jan 2022
Engagement and total cost incurred by Scottish Land Commission: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100244826
Date received: 19 Oct 2021
Date responded: 24 Nov 2021
Information requested

Total costs incurred by the Scottish Land Commission from 2014 to the present day. This includes all secretariat staffing costs, daily board member fees and expenses, events, publications and office-running costs. You also asked for a record of all engagement between board members and Scottish Government Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries from 2014 to the present day.

The Scottish Land Commission was established on 1 April 2017, and so costs incurred by the Commission could only be provided from the time the Commission came into being rather than the 2014 date set out in the request.

Response

Most of the information you have requested is available in the Scottish Land Commission’s Annual Accounts, which are accessible at the following links: (Total costs can be calculated from the statement of comprehensive net expenditure sections, total staff costs, and other operating expenses).

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

The costs for the current financial year to date are not already reasonably accessible to you, and so are set out below:

2021 – to end of September

Total Costs: £662,000

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information on the total costs covering the periods from the start of October 2021 to date. The information on expenditure each month is sent to the Scottish Government at the beginning of the following month, and at the time of writing we have not yet received the information for the month of October. November’s information will be sent to the Scottish Government in early December. Once the accounts have been reconciled and audited they will be available from the Scottish Land Commission.

Attached is a record of the information you requested on all engagement between Scottish Land Commission board members and Scottish Government Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries from 2014 to present day. Most of this information is also available from the Scottish Government website.

For current Ministerial engagements from May 2016: https://www.gov.scot/collections/ministerial-engagements-travel-and-gifts/

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