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Marine Scotland SARF project on aquaculture: EIR release

Published: 13 Mar 2018

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Published:
13 Mar 2018
Marine Scotland SARF project on aquaculture: EIR release

FOI reference: FOI/18/00275
Date received: 28 January 2018
Date responded: 26 February 2018

Information requested

All information held by Marine Scotland in relation to [the SARF project on aquaculture consenting] including any meetings held, details of tendering for the project, any scoping of the project, terms of reference, details of interim and final delivery and so on. This should also include all correspondence between MS and SARF and/or other SARF members.

Response

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 of exceptions under EIR regulations 11(2) (personal data relating to third parties), regulation 10(4)(d) (material in the course of completion) and regulation 10(5)(e) (confidentiality of commercial or industrial information). The reasons why these exceptions apply are explained below.

REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION

10(4)(d) (material in the course of completion)

An exception under regulation 10(4)(d) (material in the course of completion) of the EIRs applies to some of the information you have requested. This is because the information is held in draft only. This exception 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 exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. We recognise that there is some public interest in release because interest in this review may be significant . However, this is outweighed by the public interest in ensuring that documents that have not yet been agreed to are not released to reduce the possibility for misunderstanding and misinformation.

10(5)(e) (confidentiality of commercial or industrial information)

An exception under regulation 10(5)(e) (confidentiality of commercial or industrial information) of the EIRs applies to some of the information you have requested. This is in relation to a completed application form for the project which is considered to be commercially sensitive. This exception 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 exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. We recognise that there is some public interest in release because the full details of the application may be of interest to some parties. However, this is outweighed by the public interest in ensuring that the applicant is not disadvantaged by the release of commercially sensitive information and more generally that any future applicants have faith that similar bidding processes will not disadvantage them through the subsequent release of such information.

11(2) (Personal data relating to third party)

An exception under regulation 11(2) (personal data relating to third party) of the EIRs applies to some of the information you have requested. In several cases individuals' names, phone numbers and/or email addresses have been redacted.

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4 emails 2 of 2 (2)_Redacted.pdf

9 page PDF
670.3 kB

3 emails 1 of 2 (2)_Redacted.pdf

32 page PDF
2.1 MB

1 application form.pdf

22 page PDF
1.3 MB

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