Documents shredded/destroyed by the Scottish Government: FOI release

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

Information requested

  1. How many documents were shredded or otherwise destroyed by the Scottish Government in the last two complete financial years, and so far this financial year?
  2. How many of them were shredded or destroyed by the First Minister’s office?
  3. If it is impossible to give a precise number, can you tell me please the approximate volume (e.g. in tonnes) for each of the questions above?
  4. Can you classify the natured of the documentation destroyed [eg it was personal documentation, or policy documentation], and tell me why it was destroyed?


Please see attachment.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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