To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided to faith institutions including, but not exclusively, the Church of Scotland, Catholic Church and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, in each of the last four years, broken down by institution.
The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The only way in which the information sought could be established would be to trawl all of the divisions identified on the social inclusion and voluntary issues database and ask them to identify for each of the last four years which of their entries are specifically in respect of religious or faith groups. However, this database contains only general information and it is not possible to extract specific details of grants paid to faith and religious groups. This would take considerable time and effort and result in work that would cost well in excess of the disproportionate cost threshold of £600.
In collaboration with analytical services division, social inclusion and voluntary issues division is working on how to improve its database information collection procedures, with a view to better identification and recording of specific grant recipients and the purpose to which public funds are being put. Unfortunately, it will be some time before data collection and recording arrangements are able to isolate information of the type sought.