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Public Services Reform (Scotland )  Act 2010

Historic Scotland  expenditure

Payments with a value in excess of  £25,000


The publication of a report showing individual payments  over £25,000 is a significant step by the Agency  in complying with the Scottish Government's commitment to further openness and transparency, following the introduction of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

The report reflects the business of Historic Scotland  and in particular payments to companies and other organisations  who provide supplies and services under contract to  the Agency in furtherance of our principal activities to protect , present and promote Scotland’s historic environment which includes ancient monuments and archaeological sites  historic buildings , parks and gardens , and designed landscapes . Payments cover a wide spectrum from payments for  archaeology , major projects , utilities , grants as well as payments to contractors for capital expenditure.

The report provides details of all payments made  over £25,000 in chronological order by Business area  for the relevant period  and records:

  • payee name
  • the amount paid ( including VAT – whether or not recoverable )
  • payment date
  • expenditure type
  • the Historic Scotland  Business Area  that initiated the payment

Feedback from the public would be welcome in relation to the way in which information has been set-out and any improvements that can be made.

The report records payments made  under the organisation structure in place during the period . It is anticipated this approach provides the appropriate transparency required by the Agency under  Section 31(3) of the Public Services Reform ( Scotland)Act 2010  It should be noted that the reporting of payments  differs from the way in which Historic Scotland  accounts for expenditure in our published annual accounts. Following the disciplines of accruals based accounting expenditure is recorded in the financial year the goods and services are delivered / received rather than when paid.


How to request further information

If you have an enquiry or if you wish to source further information on any payment line then you should email Historic Scotland at

Please provide your name, an address for correspondence and if possible a telephone number.

How should you word your request?

In the subject line of your email you should clearly state the subject as Publication of Payments  with a value in excess of £25,000 as well as the date on  which  the payment your request relates has been made  You should also add the Historic Scotland Business Area  detailed in the final column of the published report. For example, a clear and concise subject line would read:

"Publication of payments   with a value in excess of  £25,000 :  30 November 2010 Meadowside St Paul’s Church, Dundee £ 33,150.00

The more information you provide will allow staff to be able to direct your request to the right person and this will ensure that it is dealt with in a prompt and timely manner.

PDF icon Payments with a value in excess of £25,000 1st April 2010 - 31st March 2011 [pdf, 95kb]

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