Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity trip to Isle of Rum: FOI release

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

Information requested

Full spend breakdown of the minister Lorna Slater MSPs trip to the Isle of Rum in May 2023. This breakdown should include the cost of chartering the boat for the return crossing, and any transport to from the departure and arrival points. Including any transfer from the ministers residence.


The cost to hire the vessel to and from the Isle of Rum was quoted as £1200. The cost information(1) may be held in full by NatureScot who arranged the charter, you may wish to contact them at to help you further.

Item Cost in £
Boat charter as quoted(1) 1200
Ministers accommodation 163.50
Private office accommodation 176.50
SG official accommodation 145
Ministers evening meal 21.50
Private office evening meal 12.55
Scottish Government official evening meal 23.50
Scottish Government official car hire 155.08
Government car Service(2) 0

(2) 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. This is because the Government Car Service vehicles and drivers are operated as shared resources, and as a consequence frequently cover multiple customers throughout that day. We therefore we do not record costs for individual car journeys.

Thursday 11 May Friday 12 May
Depart from ministers residence: 09:00 Depart Mallaig Ferry terminal: 08:30
Arrive At Balloch: 11:00 Arrive Rum: 09:30
Depart from Balloch: 13:30 Depart Rum: 14:30
Arrive at Mallaig: 16:30 estimate Arrive Mallaig: 15:45

Please note for the above journey timings are provided as indicative.

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