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Correspondence between Michael Russell and Tavish Scott: FOI release

Published: 2 Nov 2017

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02127
Date received: 20 September 2017
Date responded: 18 October 2017

Information requested

You asked for any correspondence hard or digital between Michael Russell, MSP and his staff and Tavish Scott, MSP and his staff along with any minutes of meetings between the two parties, if taken between 1st July, 2017 and 20th September, 2017.

Response

I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption(s) under section(s) s.30 of FOISA being a prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained below.

Reasons for not providing information

An exemption under section 30(c) of FOISA (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) applies to some the information requested. It is essential for Ministers to be able to communicate, often in confidence, with external stakeholders on a range of issues, including the EU Withdrawal Bill. Disclosing the content of these communications, particularly without the consent of the stakeholder, is likely to undermine their trust in the Scottish Government and will substantially inhibit communications on this type of issue in the future. These stakeholders will be reluctant to participate in meetings and provide their views fully and frankly if they believe that their views are likely to be made public, particularly while these discussions are still on-going and as these discussions relate to a sensitive or controversial issue such as the EU Withdrawal Bill. This would significantly harm the Government's ability to carry out many aspects of its work, and could adversely affect its ability to gather all of the evidence it needs to make fully informed decisions.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

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

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
2 Nov 2017
Correspondence between Michael Russell and Tavish Scott: FOI release