Who on earth wrote this? It’s tempting to think it must have been an arithmetically challenged Labour MSP or, mind you, one of the Tory lot? Maybe it was a junior at the BBC?
FOI reference: FOI/19/00501
Date received: 19 Feb 2019
Date responded: 14 Mar 2019
- What is the total costs the Government must pay Mr A Salmond
- What were the total costs of legal advice used by you defending the charge
- From which budget does this cost came from as it was unbudgeted?
- Will any employee be made redundant due to this [unclear] cost – directly or indirectly
- Will you continue to receive cash bonuses this year?
So, ‘is’ that should be ‘are’ or ‘costs’ that should be ‘cost’. Three missing question marks, the idea that there would not be a budget for this kind of thing, the puzzling notion of being made redundant ‘indirectly’ and of a cash bonus being paid to….? Did nobody check this before it was submitted?
The replies are:
In response to your first question, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not the information you have requested. The reason why we don’t have the information is explained below.
In response to your second question, the net cost of legal fees was £118,523.
In response to your third question, the costs will be met from budgets managed by the Director General for Organisational Development and Operations.
In response to your fourth question, the answer is no.
With respect to your fifth question, in line with the Scottish Public Sector Pay Policy, performance bonuses for senior staff have been suspended since 2010-11.
REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because these costs have not yet been calculated. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
If they’re going to waste taxpayers money on trawling with FoI requests, then the least they can do is write proper, innit?
Footnote: I turn 68 on my next birthday.