Scottish Government credit card transactions: FOI release

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

Information requested

I note that on the list of credit card transactions using a so called government credit card, one of the transactions relates to the cost of a driving theory test. A government spokesman has stated that the cards are not for personal use and that there is a robust authorisation and regular auditing to monitor their use.

I would therefore be grateful for an explanation as to how and why the cost of a driving theory test was appropriate to be put on such a credit card. What was the reason for allowing such expenditure?


The answer to your question is the theory tests were essential at the conclusion of an ROSPA (The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) advanced driving course for Scottish Government staff. This
accreditation allows staff in specific government roles to undertake their job safely and securely.

The electronic payment card provides a quick and efficient means of payment for appropriate goods and services, largely but not limited to low-value, one-off or annual expenditure (not on a contract).

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