Fixed penalty notices: FOI release

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

Information requested

In your email, you requested the following information:

I am interested in the decision to include Fixed Notice Penalties (FPNs) as a penalty for breaching the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, and the decisionmaking process behind this.

Please provide copies of any correspondence, notes, briefings or other documentation that refers to this, including information provided to the Scottish Government from the UK and other devolved governments.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance, exemptions under Section 30(b)(ii) (free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation), Section 36(1) (confidentiality in legal proceedings) and Section 38(1)(b) (personal information of a third party), applies to some of the information requested. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in Annex A of this letter.

Some of the information you have requested is contained in Annex B.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

Annex A - 202200307546
Annex B - 202200307546


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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