All internal and external correspondence linked to Covid19: FOI release

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

Information requested

You asked for: 

All internal and external correspondence within and sent or received by the Scottish Government including attached documents, meeting handouts, memos, briefings to ministers, attendee lists, location of meeting, notes, minutes, or OneNote memos, linked to the following meetings: 

1a) John Swinney's meeting with Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Scotland on October 12 and 27, 2022 

1b) John Swinney's meeting with NHS Employers and Partnership/Staffside on October 12 and 20, 2022 

1c) John Swinney's meeting with Douglas Ross KC on October 12, 2022 

1d) John Swinney's meeting with Care Home Relatives Scotland on October 27
1e) Lord Brailsford on October 28, 2022. 


I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested. 

In processing this information, it was learned that an additional meeting which took place between the Deputy First Minister and Lord Brailsford on 25 October 2022 was not, due to an administrative error, recorded on the ministerial engagements record. For the sake of completeness and to provide assistance to you, I have expanded my response to your request to also include material linked to the meeting of 25 October. The ministerial engagements record has also been updated. 

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 exemptions under: 

  • section 38(1)(b) (personal information) and 
  • section 30(b)(i) (free and frank provision of advice) and section 30(b)(ii) free and frank exchange of views) and
  • section 30 (c) (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) section 25(1) (information otherwise accessible) of FOISA apply to that information. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in the annex to this letter. 

You will note that the information retrieved for each part of your request is attached as a separate document. There is no document attached in relation to request 1c, as an exemption under section 30(c) of FOISA applies to all of the retrieved information for this request. Further information on this exemption is contained in the annex to this letter. 

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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