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Expressions of interest for a district heating loan: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/00376
Date received: 8 February 2018
Date responded: 15 February 2018

Information requested

How many expressions of interest have been made for a district heating loan under the District Heating Loan Fund between 2011 and 2017.


As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

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, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

The information you requested is as follows:

Year Expressions of interest received
2011 38
2012 37
2015 40
2014 33
2015 25
2016 27
2017 29

Please note that the above figures include both formal and informal expressions of interest to the District Heating Loan Fund.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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19 Feb 2018
Expressions of interest for a district heating loan: FOI release