Chinese Ambassador dinner attended by Keith Brown: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02252
Date received: 5 October 2017
Date responded: 1 November 2017

Information requested

Copies of all information contained in correspondence including (but not exclusive to) e-mails, letters, memos, minutes or other electronic or hand written notes of conversations or telephone calls: details including (but not exclusive to) invitations, attendance lists, reports, briefing notes with regards to the event which the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work attended on Tuesday 19 September 2017 with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.


Below is a breakdown of the information you requested. Redacted copies are attached at Annexes 1-4. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal data of a third party) of FOISA applies to that information. An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal data of a third party) applies to some of this information because it is personal data of a third party, ie names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. 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.

Attachment Title Format Size
Annex 1 Briefing Pack, 19 Sept 2017 PDF 636.27KB
Annex 2 Speech - International dinner with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK PDF 233.64KB
Annex 3 Email correspondence Scottish Chambers of Commerce, 14 Sept 2017 and Briefing Paper, 19th Sept 2017 PDF 317.33KB
Annex 4 Email correspondence Scottish Chambers of Commerce, 11-12 Sept 2017 and Running Order and Logistics PDF 488.12KB

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