FOI reference: FOI/18/00100
Date received: 15 January 2018
Date responded: 12 February 2018
Any analysis or advice (internal or external) provided to the Scottish Government regarding the reliability/statistical robustness of the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA)
- Any analysis or advice (internal or external) provided to the Scottish Government regarding the reliability/statistical robustness of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN)
- Any analysis or advice (internal or external) provided to the Scottish Government which compares the SNSA and the SSLN
- Any communications between the Office of the Researcher and other individuals/departments of the Scottish government regarding either the SNSA or the SSLN
The date range for the above request is August 2014 – present
I enclose a copy of most 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 exemptions under sections 38(1)(b) (personal information) and section 33(1)(b) (commercial interests) of FOISA applies to that information.
The reason why those exemptions apply are explained below.
Reasons for not providing information
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e names and contact details of individuals and disclosing it 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.
An exemption under section 33(1)(b) of FOISA (commercial interests) applies to [some the information requested. This exemption applies because disclosure of this particular information would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of ACER International United Kingdom Ltd (ACER). Disclosing this information would be likely to give ACER's competitors an advantage in future similar tendering exercises, which would substantially prejudice ACER's ability to submit competitive tenders and so could significantly harm their commercial business.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open and transparent government, and to help account for the expenditure of public money. However, there is a greater public interest in protecting the commercial interests of companies which enter into Scottish Government contracts, to ensure that we are always able to obtain the best value for public money.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House