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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
FOI reference: FOI/17/01947 Date received: 6 August 2017 Date responded: 5 September 2017
You have requested information on the number of Special Advisers, who they are and how much they are paid.
Special Advisers are appointed in accordance with Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 by the First Minister as a Special Adviser for the purpose of providing assistance to the Scottish Ministers. Information on the number, names and salary costs of the Special Adviser team was last published on 30 March 2017 and can be found at the following link: Special Adviser Team
Since the details were published a further Special Adviser has been appointed however an exemption under section 27(1) of FOISA applies to the information you have requested because we intend to publish that information within 12 weeks of the date of your request. We consider that it is reasonable to withhold the information until that date, rather than release this routinely published information before the planned publication date.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government St Andrew's House Regent Road Edinburgh EH1 3DG