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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

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 (i) fracking companies or representatives acting on their behalf and (ii) fracking trade associations since May 2011.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (22/03/2016): The Scottish Government is committed to engaging widely with our stakeholders on unconventional oil and gas. During the course of the consultation we will engage with communities, environmental organisations and industry in an open and balanced way.

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

For details of meetings between ministers and stakeholders to discuss the Scottish Government research into unconventional oil and gas, I refer the member to the answer to question S4W-26272 on 27 July 2015. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx


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

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comment by Kezia Dugdale at First Minister's Questions on 3 March 2016 regarding the minuting of meetings concerning fracking between "her environment agency and the Department of Energy and Climate Change" (Official Report, c. 12), what other meetings since 2011 involving ministers or civil servants and special advisers have not been minuted.


Answered by John Swinney (17/03/2016):

Scottish Government officials record meetings in line with civil service custom and practice, and to comply with the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 17/03/2016

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 will be for 2015-16.


Answered by John Swinney (10/03/2016):

I refer the member to the answer to question S4W-26746 on 17 July 2015 that provided the total costs* of employing special advisers in 2014-15 which is the last complete year for which the information is available.

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. With the resignation of Alexander Anderson on 31 December 2015, there are currently 13 special advisers. The special advisers and their specific responsibilities are as follows:

Name

Role

Appointed

Liz Lloyd

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

Senior Special Adviser on the Constitution and Europe

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

30 January 2012

Noel Dolan

Senior Special Adviser to the First Minister

First Minister’s Questions

Policy advice to the First Minister

26 May 2011

Stuart Nicolson

Head of Communications

Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

26 May 2011

Colin McAllister

Head of Policy and Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister

Senior Special Adviser for Finance and Local Government

First Minister’s Questions

Programme for Government

3 October 2012

Malcolm Fleming

Senior Special Adviser for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and for International Development

25 July 2011

Campbell Gunn

Communications Special Adviser

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister

8 July 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Role

Appointed

Ross Ingebrigtsen

Communications Special Adviser

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister

Strategic communications planning

20 January 2014

John MacInnes

Political and Media Research

Support for First Minister’s Questions

Support to Communications Special Advisers

3 June 2011

Davie Hutchison

Special Adviser for Health, Wellbeing and Sport and for Broadcasting

8 June 2011

John McFarlane

Special Adviser for Justice and for Infrastructure, Investment and the Cities

Lead on Parliamentary Business including liaison with the Parliamentary Group

26 May 2011

Jeanette Campbell

Special Adviser for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights and for Fair Work, Skills and Training

1 April 2015

Kate Higgins

Special Adviser for Education and Lifelong Learning

1 April 2015

Katy Bowman

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

Outreach and stakeholder engagement.

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

13 July 2015

 

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

9

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 Costs include salary, ERNIC and employer pension contributions.


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 10/03/2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-25214 by John Swinney on 2 April 2015, what changes there have been in respect of the information provided, and what the total salary cost of employing special advisers was in 2014-15.


Answered by John Swinney (17/07/2015):

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 costs of the special adviser team of 14 special advisers employed during the financial year 2014-15 was £952,865.

With the appointment of Katy Bowman on 13 July 2015, there are currently 14 special advisers. The special advisers and their specific responsibilities are as follows:

Name

Role

Appointed

Liz Lloyd

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

Senior Special Adviser on the Constitution

Responsible for the First Minister’s Strategic programme in Government

Special Adviser for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (temp)

30 January 2012

Noel Dolan

Senior Special Adviser to the First Minister

FMQs, Policy Advice to the First Minister

26 May 2011

Stuart Nicolson

Head of Communications

Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

26 May 2011

Colin McAllister

Head of Policy and Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister

Senior Special Adviser for Finance and for Local Government

FMQs, Programme for Government

3 October 2012

Malcolm Fleming

Senior Special Adviser for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism and for Fair Work, Skills and Training

25 July 2011

Campbell Gunn

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

8 July 2013

Ross Ingebrigtsen

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

Strategic communications planning

20 January 2014

Alexander Anderson

Special Adviser for Infrastructure, Investment and the Cities and for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

8 October 2012

John MacInnes

Political and Media Research

Support for First Minister’s Questions

Support to Communications Special Advisers

3 June2011

Davie Hutchison

Special Adviser for Health, Wellbeing and Sport

FoI Legislation lead

8 June 2011

John McFarlane

Special Adviser for Justice

Parliamentary Business including liaison with the Parliamentary Group

26 May 2011

Jeanette Campbell

Special Adviser for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights

1 April 2015

Kate Higgins

Special Adviser for Education and Lifelong Learning

1 April 2015

Katy Bowman

Support for First Minister and First Minister’s Private Office

Outreach and stakeholder engagement

Policy support to Chief of Staff

13 July 2015

 

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

10

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 costs include salary, Earnings-Related National Insurance Contributions and employer pension contributions.


Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by John Swinney on 17/07/2015

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-25214 by John Swinney on 2 April 2015, what plans it has to appoint further special advisers in the next 12 months.


Answered by John Swinney (02/06/2015):

I refer the member to the answer to question S4W-25214 on 2 April 2015. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 02/06/2015

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-25214 by John Swinney on 2 April 2015, whether it has since appointed further special advisers and, if so, at what salaries.


Answered by John Swinney (02/06/2015):

I refer the member to the answer to question S4W-25214 on 2 April 2015. There have been no changes since that answer issued on 2 April 2015. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 02/06/2015

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 are in each pay band, and what the total salary cost of employing special advisers was in 2013-14.


Answered by John Swinney (02/04/2015):

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 costs of the special adviser team of 14 special advisers employed during the financial year 2013-14 was £1,022,396.

Following the change in First Minister 11 special advisers remained in post. With the appointment of Jeanette Campbell and Kate Higgins on 1 April 2015, there are currently 13 special advisers. The special advisers and their specific responsibilities are as follows:

Name

Role

Appointed

Liz Lloyd

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

Senior Special Adviser on the Constitution

Responsible for the First Minister’s Strategic programme in Government

Special Adviser for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (temp)

30 January 2012

Noel Dolan

Senior Special Adviser to the First Minister

FMQs, Policy Advice to the First Minister

26 May 2011

Stuart Nicolson

Head of Communications Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

26 May 2011

Colin McAllister

Head of Policy and Specia Adviser to the Deputy First Minister

Senior Special Adviser for Finance and for Local Government

FMQs, Programme for Government

3 October 2012

Campbell Gunn

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

8 July 2013

Ross Ingebrigtsen

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

Strategic communications planning

20 January 2014

Alexander Anderson

Special Adviser for Infrastructure, Investment and the Cities and for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

8 October 2012

Malcolm Fleming

Senior Special Adviser for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism and for Fair Work, Skills and Training

25 July 2011

John MacInnes

Political and Media Research

Support for First Minister’s QuestionsSupport to Communications Special Advisers

3 June 2011

Davie Hutchison

Special Adviser for Health, Wellbeing and Sport

FoI Legislation lead

8 June 2011

John McFarlane

Special Adviser for Justice

Parliamentary Business including liaison with the Parliamentary Group

26 May 2011

Jeanette Campbell

Special Adviser for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights

1 April 2015

Kate Higgins

Special Adviser for Education and Lifelong Learning

1 April 2015

 

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

9

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 Costs include salary, ERNIC and employer pension contributions. Total costs figures have been converted into 2015-16 prices to adjust for inflation using HM Treasury GDP deflators, as at 18 March 2015. The total costs figure for 2014-15 is not yet available.


Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by John Swinney on 02/04/2015
 
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