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To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide copies of any emails or notifications from (a) ministers and (b) special advisers to its officials informing them of the prospect of a second independence referendum and/or instructing them on the readiness of legislation that may enable it; how many of its officials were notified; which departments received such a communication, and what responses it received.


Answered by Derek Mackay (15/03/2017):

On 24 June 2016, following the result of the EU referendum, the First Minister made it clear that she would respond to the democratic decision taken by the people of Scotland and explore all options to protect Scotland’s vital national interests. This included providing as much immediate reassurance and certainty as possible, taking all possible steps and exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU and place in the single market, and consideration of a further independence referendum if it became clear that was the only or best way of protecting Scotland’s interests.

All staff in the Scottish Government were informed of these commitments through internal communications.


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 15/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government on what dates it has met the Hometown Foundation since May 2016; who attended; what the purpose was of each meeting; what was discussed, and what future meetings are planned.


Answered by John Swinney (24/02/2017):

The Scottish Government has met with the Hometown Foundation on two occasions since May 2016, to hear about their proposals for state-funded autonomous schools. I met the Director of the Hometown Foundation on 25 October 2016. Officials were also present. The second meeting, between the Director of the Foundation and Special Advisers, took place on 21 November 2016. No future meetings are planned at present.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 24/02/2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide the names of the special advisers in post; what their responsibilities are; what their pay bands are; how many special advisers there are in each pay band, and what the current total salary cost of employing special advisers is.


Answered by Derek Mackay (23/09/2016):

Special Advisers are appointed in accordance with Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 by the First Minister as a Special Adviser for the purpose of providing assistance to the Scottish Ministers.

There are currently 12 Special Advisers in post and their specific responsibilities are as follows:

 

Name

Role

Liz Lloyd

 

Chief of Staff to the First Minister including the co-ordination of the Special Adviser team.

Responsible for the First Minister’s Strategic Programme in Government including European engagement and Inter-governmental relations.

 

Stuart Nicolson

 

Head of Communications.

Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister.

 

Colin McAllister

 

Head of Policy.

Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister.

Special Adviser for Education & Skills.

Special Adviser for Finance (jointly with Liz Lloyd).

First Minister’s Questions, Programme for Government.

 

Ewan Crawford

Senior Special Adviser supporting Ministers on Government Economic Strategy, Europe and Constitutional issues.

Ross Ingebrigtsen

 

Communications Special Adviser.

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister.

Strategic communications planning.

 

John MacInnes

Political Research.

Support for First Minister’s Questions and parliamentary debates.

Support to Communications and Policy Special Advisers.

 

Davie Hutchison

 

Special Adviser for Health & Sport and for Broadcasting.

 

John McFarlane

 

Special Adviser for Justice, Transport and the Economy.

Parliamentary Business.

 

Jeanette Campbell

 

Special Adviser for Communities, Social Security, Equalities, Jobs and Fair Work.

 

Kate Higgins

 

Special Adviser for the Rural Economy & Connectivity.

Support to the Head of Policy.

 

Katy Bowman

 

Support for the First Minister and the First Minister’s Private Office.

Outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Special Adviser for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and policy support to the Chief of Staff.

 

David Miller

 

Special Adviser for Energy, Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform.

 

The Special Adviser Pay Bands and Ranges and the number of Special Advisers within each Pay Band currently in place are:

 

Pay Band

Current Pay Range

Number of Special Advisers

1

£39,445 - £52,904

7

2

£51,041 - £67,709

1

3

£65,017 - £83,963

4

3 (premium)

£83,549 - £100,942

0

4

£86,965 - £104,462

0

 

The estimated total cost of the current team of the 12 Special Advisers employed for a full 12 month period is £895,135. This includes all salary costs, ERNIC and employer pension contributions and the estimate can be broken down as follows:

 

ESTIMATED 12 MONTH COST OF CURRENT SPECIAL ADVISER TEAM

Number of Special Advisers

Salary Costs

*ERNIC

*Employer pension contributions

Total Cost

12

£669,505

£78,154

£147,476

£895,135

* The level of the employer ERNIC and pension contributions is not a matter for the Scottish Government.


Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Derek Mackay on 23/09/2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recent announcement by the UK Government, whether it plans to cap the salary of its special advisers.


Answered by Derek Mackay (09/09/2016):

Appointments of special advisers will continue to be made in line with the requirements of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 and the Scottish Government Ministerial Code. There are no plans to change these arrangements. This is consistent with practice in the UK Government.

A list of special advisers in post, their paybands and the total salary cost is published on an annual basis. I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-00837 on 20 June 2016. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 09/09/2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) special advisers or (b) ministerial private offices have shared restricted briefing material with parliamentary liaison officers since June 2016.


Answered by Joe FitzPatrick (08/09/2016):

Restricted is not a recognised Scottish Government security classification. The Ministerial code sets out what government information parliamentary liaison officers are allowed to receive on a strictly confidential basis in order to allow them to discharge their role effectively. The code has been fully complied with at all times.


Current Status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 08/09/2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide the names of the special advisers in post; what their responsibilities are; what their pay bands are; how many special advisers there are in each pay band, and what the total salary cost of employing special advisers was in 2015-16.


Answered by Joe FitzPatrick (20/06/2016):

Special advisers are appointed in accordance with Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 by the First Minister as a special adviser for the purpose of providing assistance to the Scottish Ministers.

The *total cost of the team of 14 special advisers employed during the financial year 2015-16 was £1,140,104.

There are currently 10 special advisers in post and a further one will be appointed with effect from 1 July 2016. From 1 July 2016 the 11 special advisers and their specific responsibilities will be as follows:

Name

Role

Liz Lloyd

Chief of Staff to the First Minister including the co-ordination of the Special Adviser team.

Responsible for the First Minister’s Strategic Programme in Government.

Special Adviser for Finance and the Constitution (jointly with Colin McAllister) and Inter-governmental relations.

 

Stuart Nicolson

Head of Communications.

Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister.

 

Colin McAllister

Head of Policy and Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister.

Special Adviser for Education and Skills.

Special Adviser for Finance and the Constitution (jointly with Liz Lloyd).

First Minister’s Questions, Programme for Government.

 

Ross Ingebrigtsen

Communications Special Adviser.

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister.

Strategic communications planning.

 

John MacInnes

Political Research.

Support for First Minister’s Questions and parliamentary debates.

Support to Communications and Policy Special Advisers.

 

Davie Hutchison

Special Adviser for Health and Sport and for Broadcasting.

 

John McFarlane

Special Adviser for Justice, Transport and the Economy.

Parliamentary Business.

 

Jeanette Campbell

Special Adviser for Communities, Social Security, Equalities, Jobs and Fair Work.

 

Kate Higgins

Special Adviser for Rural Economy and Connectivity. Support to the Head of Policy.

 

Katy Bowman

Support for the First Minister and the First Minister’s Private Office.

Outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Special Adviser for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and policy support to the Chief of Staff.

 

David Miller

Special Adviser for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

 

 

The special adviser pay bands and ranges and the number of special advisers within each pay band currently in place are:

Pay Band

Current Pay Range

Number of Special Advisers

1

£39,445 - £52,904

7

2

£51,041 - £67,709

1

3

£65,017 - £83,963

3

3 (premium)

£83,549 - £100,942

0

4

£86,965 - £104,462

0

*Total cost includes all salary costs, earnings-related national insurance contributions and employer pension contributions.


Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 20/06/2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-00142 by John Swinney on 2 June 2016, which (a) ministers, (b) officials and (c) stakeholders had pre-release access to the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy, and on what date this access was provided.


Answered by John Swinney (15/06/2016):

In addition to professional and production staff the following post holders were given pre-release access:

First Minister

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Special Advisers, Private Office

Head of the First Minister’s Policy and Delivery Unit

Strategic Policy Adviser, First Minister's Policy and Delivery Unit

C1, B3, B3, B2 Communications Smarter

Permanent Secretary

Director General Learning and Justice

Director of Learning

Deputy Director Curriculum, Qualifications and Gaelic

Head of Curriculum Unit

C1, C1, B3, B2 Curriculum Unit

C2, Curriculum, Qualifications and Gaelic Division

Deputy Director Strategy and Performance

Head of Strategy and Performance Unit

C1, B3 Strategy and Performance Unit

Head of Raising Attainment Unit

C1, B3 Raising Attainment Unit

Deputy Director People and Infrastructure

Head of People and Leadership Unit

C1, People and Leadership Unit

Head of Empowering Schools Unit

C1, Empowering Schools Unit

Chief Executive Education Scotland

Strategic Director, Education Scotland

Assistant Director, Education Scotland

Assistant Director, Education Scotland

Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Head of Communications, Education Scotland

Communications and Media Manager, Education Scotland

Head of Assessment Development and Delivery, SQA

Assessment Manager, SQA

Communications, SQA

In line with the, ministers and officials can have pre-release access to final form statistics five working days in advance. This date was 20 May 2016 (to account for two public holidays i.e. non-working days).


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 15/06/2016

To ask the Scottish Government what meetings (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants have had with Charlotte Street Partners since January 2014 and what was discussed at each meeting.


Answered by John Swinney (24/03/2016): Information on all ministerial engagements is published on the Scottish Government website at: http://www.gov.scot/About/People/14944/Events-Engagements

The other information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 24/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether special advisers and civil servants are allowed to go straight into other employment as lobbyists without a break in employment.


Answered by John Swinney (24/03/2016): < >The Business Appointment Rules apply to all civil servants including special advisers and are designed to uphold the civil service's core values and avoid any cause for public concern, criticism or misinterpretation over the appointment of former civil servants.

Under these rules, civil servants including special advisers need to apply for permission to take up an external appointment or employment up to two years after leaving the civil service. This includes when the proposed appointment or employment would involve making representations to, or lobbying the government on behalf of a new employer.

An application may be approved but be subject to conditions. This may include a waiting period and/or a prohibition on them being involved in lobbying government on behalf of their new employer.

Any conditions may be applied for up to a maximum of two years.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 24/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a list of meetings that (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants have had with representatives of INEOS since May 2011.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (22/03/2016): Information on ministerial meetings is routinely published on the Scottish Government website, and can be found at:

http://www.gov.scot/About/People/14944/Events-Engagements/MinisterialEngagements/MinisterialEngagements


Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22/03/2016