The First Minister's trip to the British Open: FOI release

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

Information requested

"Please advise me who paid for the First Ministers trip to the British Open and who paid for her Golf apparel."


The First Minister was invited to the Open Championship as a guest of the R&A. No cost was incurred for the ticket.

Details of all Ministerial engagements and expenses are proactively published by the Scottish Government, including the costs of travel and accommodation. The information can be accessed at the
following link:

An exemption(s) under section(s) 27 (1) of FOISA applies to some the information you have requested. This exemption can be applied when it is the intention of the relevant Scottish public authority to publish the information no later than 12 weeks after the date on which the request was made.

No clothing was purchased for this event. The polo shirt and cap worn by First Minister were gifted by The R&A. You may be interested to note information published on the SG website in response to a Freedom of Information request on clothing expenditure. The information can be accessed at the following link: Wardrobe and appearance expenditure of the FM: FOI release - (

Please note the items provided are held centrally within the Scottish Government and not retained by the First Minister.

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