FOI reference: FOI/18/00263
Date received: 25 January 2018
Date responded: 26 February 2018
All emails by and to staff and senior officials of the "Protocol and Honours Team" from November and December 2017, and January 2018 up to the end of Friday 26th of January which relates to the following:
Flag flying protocols. The Saltire Flag. The Union Flag. The Royal Banner (Lion Rampant).
This should include every email by and to members of the "Protocol and Honours Team" that mentions any of the above listed flags or relates to flag flying protocols over the 3 months mentioned.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House