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Correspondence regarding Glasgow Science Centre hire during COP 26: FOI release

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

Published:
7 May 2020
Correspondence regarding Glasgow Science Centre hire during COP 26: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000014693
Date received: 4 Feb 2020
Date responded: 2 May 2020
Information requested

All documents relating to the Scottish Government's hiring of the Glasgow Science Centre during COP26. All correspondence - including letters and emails - relating to the Scottish Government's hiring of the Glasgow Science Centre during COP26. This should include internal correspondence as well as to the venue and UK Government.

Response

I attach a copy of the information you requested at ANNEX A. I have put the documents and emails in to a table. I have redacted the names and telephone numbers of staff members below Deputy Director level.
Whilst our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exception under the following regulations apply:

  • Section 28(1) Relations within the United Kingdom.
  • Section 29 Formulation of Scottish Administration Policy.
  • Section 30 Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs.
  • Section 33(1)(b) Disclosure would (or would be likely to) prejudice substantially the commercial interests of any person or organisation.

The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in ANNEX B to this letter.
Information has also been redacted where it is not in scope of your request.

I have provided information from an email from COP26 CEO Peter Hill to DG Economy Liz Ditchburn dated 16 January and information from a reply from 29 January 2020 in the form of an extract as the remainder of  this letter does not relate to the hiring of the Glasgow Science Centre during COP26.

I have provided information from a letter from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt, Hon Michael Gove MP to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair work dated 22 January in the form of an extract as the remainder of the letter does not relate to the hiring of the Glasgow Science Centre during COP26.

Some of the information you have requested is available from https://news.gov.scot/resources/letter-to-pm-on-cop26.  Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

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