Costs associated with Islands Bond Consultation: FOI release

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

Information requested

”A full breakdown of all costs (including civil service time, and events - not solely the cost of external consultation analysis) associated with the consultation on the islands bond.”


The answer to your question is provided in the table below:



Publishing Costs


Translation Costs


Staffing (Temporary member of staff hired to review consultation responses ahead of publication)


Analysis of consultation responses and production of final report (contracted out to Griesbach and Associates)


Workshop venue hire, catering, and advertisement (costs covered by Scottish Islands Federation)


Travel and Subsistence costs






While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption applies under section 17(1) of FOISA.

As part of your request, you asked for total costs, including Civil Service time. There is no business requirement for officials to record the time spent on tasks relating to the consultation, or their work more generally. These tasks are completed as part of their normal duties along with other tasks appropriate to their role as a civil servant. Given we do not hold details of the time spent by individuals undertaking these tasks, we are unable to provide the total costs that you have specified. However, we have provided you with a breakdown of all other costs associated with the Islands Bond Consultation.

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

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