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Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage correspondence - licensing of wild hawking falcons: EIR release

Published: 3 Mar 2020

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

Published:
3 Mar 2020
Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage correspondence - licensing of wild hawking falcons: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202000014009
Date received: 30 Jan 2020
Date responded: 26 Feb 2020
Information requested

You asked for:

Copies of advice/communications SNH gave/had with Scottish Government on the licensing of wild hawking falcons which led to its inclusion in regulation, possibly the WANE Act 2011.

Response

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, 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.

I enclose a copy of all of the information you have requested. 

The names and contact details of individuals have been removed as they are not a substantive part of the information you requested.

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