Meetings of Israel-Palestine Learning and Teaching Resource: FOI Release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/01524
Date received: 30 June 2017
Date responded: 26 July 2017

Information requested

A copy of the minutes were requested, including any agreed actions, in relation to the following meetings regarding the Israel-Palestine Learning and Teaching Resource:

 19 November 2015  14 January 2016  9 May 2017  11 May 2017


Enclosed is a copy of the paperwork from the meetings on 19 November 2015 and 14 January 2016. However, please note that you have already been sent a copy of this correspondence under FOI/17/01134 & 01161, documents number one and two.

However, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b), personal information, of FOISA applies to some of the information requested.

The reasons why this exemption applies is explained in the Annex to this letter.

In relation to the meetings of 9 and 11 May 2017, no formal note of either meeting was taken. This is because the purpose of these meetings was simply for the Deputy First Minister to listen to the issues being raised by the respective stakeholders before reflecting on how best to proceed. However, action points from the meetings were that the Deputy First Minister would reflect on the matter further and communicate with all partners setting out a way forward in due course.

Reasons for not providing information

Section 38(1)(b) - personal information

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some information which has been redacted from the enclosed documents. This exemption applies because the information is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998.

This is because releasing this information could lead to the identification of a third party in relation to the development of the Israel and Palestine learning and teaching resource.

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.

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