Correspondence received around currency of a independent Scotland: FOI release

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

Information requested

What correspondence (meetings and e-mails) has Nicola Sturgeon, John Swinney, Angus Robertson and Kate Forbes had with Scottish Green MSPs regarding the currency of an independent Scotland?


Following a search of our records, some items of correspondence are enclosed in Annex A.

An exemption under section s.38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested because it is the personal data of a third party, i.e. names and contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

Exemptions under section 29(1)(a) – formulation or development of government policy and section 30(b)(ii) – Free and Frank Exchange of Views for the Purposes of Deliberation apply to some of the information requested. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in Annex B of this letter.

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Annex A-B - 202200327196


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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