FOI reference: FOI/17/02025
Date received: 4 September 2017
Date responded: 16 November 2017
1. All communications relating to today's events (4 September 2017) between Scottish Government and schools and the bridge authority responsible for the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing today by Her Majesty the Queen.
As the information you have requested is Environmental Information for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. As the exemption is conditional we have applied the 'public interest test'. This means we have, in all the circumstances of this case, considered if the public interest in disclosing the information under FOISA outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
1. Please find enclosed with this response, a file transfer link to redacted PDF copies of communications between Transport Scotland and schools regarding the opening of the Queensferry Crossing on 4 September 2017.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, your request for all of this information is refused under Section 11 (2) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), insofar as the redacted information relates to personal data relating to a third party.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House