Air Departure Tax exemptions for Highlands and Islands: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/01502
Date received: 28 June 2017
Date responded: 24 July 2017

Information requested

Copies of all forms of recorded information which the government holds which refers to the exemption from Air Departure Tax by air departures from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This request should include:

  • Correspondence (including emails, attachments, letters, and records of telephone calls)
  • Records of meetings and other communications, including agendas, minutes, memos etc)
  • Records of communication between the Scottish Government and third parties, in particular EU officials


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600 as the scope of the request is so broad that it would cover a significant amount of information held within the Scottish Government. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.

You may, however, wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. For example, you may consider narrowing the timeframe of the request or more tightly defining the types of information you are interested in. You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner's 'Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs' on her website at:

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Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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