FOI reference: FOI/17/01766
Date received: 31 July 2017
Date responded: 17 August 2017
"Reference: a) correspondence 2017/0023413 dated 26 July 2017
In his letter (reference a) above) [REDACTED] refers to the meeting between Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland which took place on the 11 April 2017. He describes four matters for discussion (under the heading "Acknowledgement of failings"). which relate to my own correspondence.
For these I request the minutes of the meeting or a summary of the outcome."
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In response, please refer to the Annex A which contains the minutes of Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland's meeting which took place on the 11 April 2017.
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