FOI reference: FOI/17/02689
Date received: 3 November 2017
Date responded: 5 December 2017
(A) Details of the process by which Scottish Government ministerial cars are ordered including any best practices and the code of conduct.
(B) Information should include how many times any best practice/code of conduct was broken.
(A) Government Car Service (GCS) guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website:
I also attach guidance for using the GCS for Civil Servants and Ministers in Annex A.
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information you have requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it (names/personal details) would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.
(B) While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House