Scottish Government Finance

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 26th August 2010.

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Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

Question S3W-35646

To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of the (a) recent Independent Budget Review Panel chaired by Crawford Beveridge and (b) Independent Budget Review Group chaired by Bill Howat and how much was paid in (i) remuneration and (ii) expenses to the members of each.

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

The estimated total cost of the Independent Budget Review Panel, chaired by Crawford W Beveridge CBE, which published its report on 29 July 2010, was as follows:

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Members’ remuneration:NIL
Members’ expenses:approximately £2,000
Costs of design, printing, publication, launch and media support:

approximately £22,000

Total:approximately £24,000

Note: final costs have yet to be processed, and the figures provided represent a best estimate as at the date of this answer.

The total cost of the Budget Review Group, chaired by Bill Howat, of which the report was released on 24 May 2007, was as follows:

Members’ remuneration:£124,629.60
Members’ expenses:£9,676.92
Costs of design, printing, publication, launch and media support:


Total cost:£134,306.52

Note: No printing, publication or launch costs were incurred. The report of the Budget Review Group, completed in July 2006, was released following the change of administration in May 2007 as a web-only publication.

In the case of each review, all Scottish Government staff costs were met from within existing resources. Time incurred by Scottish Government staff in providing secretariat and technical support for each of the two review process was not separately quantified.

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