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First Minister correspondence: FOI release

Published: 18 Dec 2017

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02738
Date received: 13 November 2017
Date responded: 8 December 2017

Information requested

How many correspondences (letters & emails) have been sent to the First Minister since she become First Minister? How many have been responded to? The average time people have to wait for a response?

How many correspondences (letters & emails) have been sent to the First Minister since she become First Minister?

Response

How many correspondences (letters & emails) have been sent to the First Minister since she become First Minister?

Correspondence addressed to any Scottish Minister received by the Scottish Government is recorded on the Scottish Government Ministerial and Corporate Correspondence System (MACCS). 124,824 pieces of correspondence have been added to MACCS since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister. 29,958 of those were recorded as addressed to the First Minister.

How many have been responded to?

In line with Cabinet Office guidelines the Scottish Government aim to respond to all Ministerial Correspondence within 20 working days of receipt. Since 20 November 2014 88% of all cases have been responded to within 20 working days.

The average time people have to wait for a response?

The Scottish Government does not record the average time of response for ministerial correspondence.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.

Reasons for not providing information

The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because the Scottish Government only records whether correspondence has been answered within 20 working days.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

About FOI

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

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:
18 Dec 2017
First Minister correspondence: FOI release