Discussions of independence referendum and the Supreme Court in cabinet meetings: FOI release

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

Information requested

  • On how many occasions in (i) The calendar year 2022 (ii) the financial year 2022 2023 has the Scottish Government Cabinet discussed another independence referendum at meetings of the Cabinet?
  • On how many occasions did the Cabinet discuss the Supreme Court at meetings of the Cabinet?


  • An independence referendum was discussed on six occasions: 8 March 2022, 31 March 2022, 14 June 2022, 28 June 2022, 16 August 2022 and 4 October 2022.
  • We have interpreted your request as relating to specific discussions of the Lord Advocate‚Äôs Reference made on 28 June 2022. This topic was discussed on two occasions, 28 June 2022 and 4 October 2022.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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