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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
You requested "information on the amount of money spent on Parliamentary Liaison Officers for John Swinney MSP and Kate Forbes MSP since 2018 to the present. Please provide per year spend per the number of Parliamentary Liaison Officers for each MSP."
During the time period of your request I can confirm that Jenny Gilruth MSP was appointed as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the then Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney MSP). That appointment ended on 26 June 2018. No other such appointments fall within the scope of your request.
Parliamentary Liaison Officers are not remunerated positions. However paragraph 4.13 of the Scottish Ministerial Code confirms that PLOs undertaking visits within the United Kingdom relating to their duties as a PLO may receive the normal Civil Service travel and subsistence allowances, as would any other MSP undertaking work for the Government. Ms Gilruth claimed no such monies in her capacity as a Parliamentary Liaison Officer between 1 January and 26 June 2018.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House