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Government Car Service (GCS) and Ministerial personal car travel expense statistics: FOI release

Published: 11 Jan 2022
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Public sector

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

Published:
11 Jan 2022
Government Car Service (GCS) and Ministerial personal car travel expense statistics: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100254965
Date received: 15 Nov 2021
Date responded: 10 Dec 2021
Information requested

The amount the Scottish Government spent on the Government Car Service in each year from 2010/11 to 2021/22 (to the date of this request).

Number of cars in the Scottish Government, Government Car Service in each year from 2010/11 to 2021/22 (to the date of this request).

The number of FTE staff working in the Scottish Government, Government Car Service in each year from 2010/11 to 2021/22 (to the date of this request).

The amount spent by the Scottish Government on ministerial taxi journeys in each year from 2010/11 to 2021/22 (to the date of this request).

The amount spent by the Scottish Government on expenses for ministers for travel in their own cars while on Scottish Government business in each year from 2010/11 to 2021/22 (to the date of this request).

Response

We are able to provide some of the information, however exemptions apply to other aspects of your request.

Government Car Service (GCS) total cost of service, number of staff employed, and number of vehicles used.

Year

Total cost of service (1)

Number of cars (2)

Total number of staff (3)

2010/11

£974,678

24

21

2011/12

£1,074,714

28

21

2012/13

£1,204,864

35

21

2013/14

£1,156,208

31

21

2014/15

£1,184,851

28

21

2015/16

£1,145,521

25

21

2016/17

£1,092,375

25

21

2017/18

£1,177,398

27

21

2018/19

£1,323,131

33

21

2019/20

£1,344,978

41

25

2020/21

£903,002

41

25

2021/22

£599,148 (4)

28

23

Notes
1. Total costs include staff salaries, employer’s contributions, fuel, vehicle maintenance, private hire and travel and subsistence.
2. The number of vehicles fluctuates as and when vehicles are procured and disposed of.
3. Includes drivers and office staff.
4. Total cost up until end of October 2021.Complete figures from 01 to 15 November 2021 are not currently available.

Ministerial personal car travel expenses April 12 to July 18.

Year

Total cost

2012/13

£26.55

2013/14

£7,036.45

2014/15

£5,321.15

2015/16

£2,230.53

2016/17

£938.25

2017/18

£132.30

2018/19 (1)

Nil

Notes
1. Period covered April – July 18.

Ministerial personal car travel expense records prior to 2012/13 have been routinely destroyed, in accordance to our records management practice, before the date of your request.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some the information you have requested.

Ministerial personal car travel expenses from July 2018 to April 2021 and taxi costs from April 10 to April 21, can be accessed via the following links:

Ministerial Travel (webarchive.org.uk)

Ministerial engagements, travel and gifts - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

This is a formal notice under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

If, however, you are unable to obtain this information from the websites listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

Ministerial travel details, including taxi and personal car expenses are routinely and proactively published and information covering May to October 2021 will be published in the next 12 weeks.

You will be able to find that information via the second link above.

This is a formal notice under section 27(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. This exemption allows public authorities to refuse to disclose information if they already plan to publish it within the next 12 weeks.

Our application of this exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information now outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have concluded that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, since providing this information at this point, given that it will shortly be published, would not be a responsible use of public resources and therefore not be in the public interest.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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