Tartan week expenses 2023: FOI release

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

Information requested

A breakdown of all expenses incurred by the Scottish Government’s delegation to Tartan Week 2023, broken down by each member of the delegation.


I attach a copy of most of the information you requested below.





Meal subsistence

Ad hoc


Grand Total

US Office - Policy Official








US Office - Head of Scottish Government Office








Comms Official








Policy Official








Deputy Director








Private Secretary








Policy Official








US Office - Policy Official








US Office - Policy Official








US Office - Policy Official








Grand Total








An exemption under section s.27(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. This is because information relating to the travel costs of the Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs are due to be published in the next 12 weeks. This information can be found here:

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

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is some public interest in release because of interest in Ministerial travel. However, this is outweighed by the public interest in avoiding the resource implications of the duplication of work.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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