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Publication - FOI/EIR release

Details on specific Scottish Government payments: FOI release

Published: 1 Mar 2022

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
1 Mar 2022
Details on specific Scottish Government payments: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202200275800
Date received: 25 Jan 2022
Date responded: 22 Feb 2022
Information requested

1. Since 2018 a payee called Allia Social Imp Inv Ltd has received many large payments amounting to around £190 million, can the Directorate please explain what the Hous Supp Advances actually relates to - is this for provision of housing or for an advance to allow someone to pay for housing, and is there any payment back of this advance from a Allia or form other bodies?

2. Since 2017 various Ferguson and Macrocom payments have been made - can you please provide details as to whether these are payments towards the procurement of the new Ferries Glen Sannox and Hull 802 or are these separate payments / loans and grants which have no bearing on the purchase?

3. In November 2020 Orbital Marine Power Limited was given a grant of over £1.5 million while a now Cabinet Member and then Green Party Leader, Lorna Slater, still worked for the company. What was the reason for and purpose of this grant and under what process was it applied for and granted?

Response

The answers to your questions are as follows:

1. The payments to Allia Social Imp Inv Ltd are all in relation to the Charitable Bonds programme (see links below to both the Scottish Government and Allia websites for details). The bonds are repaid by Allia to the Scottish Government in full after the contractual bond period has expired.

2. The table below details what each Ferguson Marine payment relates to.

 

 

 

 

Comments

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

6,000,000.00

06-Sep-17

Commerical Loan Facility

First SG loan to FMEL, Commercial

loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

 

3,500,000.00

 

25-Oct-17

 

Commerical Loan Facility

First SG loan to FMEL, Commercial

loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

 

3,500,000.00

 

03-Nov-17

 

Commerical Loan Facility

First SG loan to FMEL, Commercial

loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited

 

2,000,000.00

 

20-Dec-17

 

Capital Grants to Local Authorities

First SG loan to FMEL, Commercial loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

6,000,000.00

26-Jun-18

Initial loan drawdown for Fergusion

Marine Engineering Limited

Second SG loan to FMEL,

Commercial loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

5,000,000.00

13-Aug-18

Drawdown of Loan for FMEL

Second SG loan to FMEL,

Commercial loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

 

6,000,000.00

 

27-Sep-18

 

FT Other Funds Advances

Second SG loan to FMEL,

Commercial loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

 

3,000,000.00

 

11-Jan-19

 

Loan Drawdown

Second SG loan to FMEL,

Commercial loan to business

 

Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited

 

5,000,000.00

 

14-Feb-19

£5m draw down to Ferguson Marine as part of the £30m loan agreed in June 2018

Second SG loan to FMEL, Commercial loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

3,000,000.00

03-Apr-19

1st tranche of final loan payment to

FMEL from £30m loan agreement

Second SG loan to FMEL,

Commercial loan to business

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Limited

 

2,000,000.00

 

04-Apr-19

Final tranche of final loan payment

to FMEL form £30m loan agreement

Second SG loan to FMEL,

Commercial loan to business

 

Macrocom (1067)

 

7,569,276.63

 

29-Nov-19

 

Other Services

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited (formerly Macrocom (1067))

 

2,000,000.00

 

20-Mar-20

 

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited (formerly Macrocom (1067))

 

3,000,000.00

 

09-Apr-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited (formerly Macrocom (1067))

 

2,000,000.00

 

19-Jun-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited (formerly Macrocom (1067))

 

2,500,000.00

 

18-Aug-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited (formerly Macrocom (1067))

 

2,500,000.00

 

23-Sep-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited (formerly Macrocom (1067))

 

3,000,000.00

 

22-Oct-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited

 

3,000,000.00

 

19-Nov-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited

 

3,000,000.00

 

03-Dec-20

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited

 

2,000,000.00

 

04-Jan-21

 

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen Sannox and 802

Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow)

Limited

3,000,000.00

11-Feb-21

Current Grant-in-Aid to NDPBs

Payment towards build of ferries Glen

Sannox and 802

3. On 8 July 2019 a grant of up to £3,400,000 was awarded to Orbital Marine Power under the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund in respect of Orbital’s O2 2MW Tidal Turbine Project. The award was accepted by the company the following day, 9 July 2019.

The Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund was launched by the Scottish Government in February 2019, with a total of up to £10 million available under this competitive Fund to help accelerate the deployment and commercial development of tidal stream energy devices in Scottish waters.

Applications were assessed for eligibility by a panel of officials from the Scottish Government and relevant economic development agencies, with independent technical and financial reports being commissioned to support the evaluation process. Final decisions on support provided under the Fund were made by Scottish Ministers.

For further information I would direct you to the Scottish Government website - Apply for the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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Edinburgh
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