Secondment of Policy Director Jonnie Hall: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02323
Date received: 11 October 2017
Date responded: 21 December 2017

Information requested

You asked for any and all information related to the secondment of Jonnie Hall, Policy Director of the NFUS, to the Scottish Government to advise on agricultural matters related to Brexit negotiations and to post-Brexit agricultural policies.


I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested.

Annex Title Format Size
A Email correspondence PDF 1.0MB
B Email correspondence PDF 622KB
C Secondment Agreement PDF 266.3KB
D Rhoda Grant MSP letter to Fergus Ewing MSP PDF 78.3KB
E Fergus Ewing MSP letter to Rhoda Grant MSP PDF 56.9KB
F First Minister's Questions extract PDF 229.7KB
G Parliamentary Question lodged 20 Feb 2017 PDF 271.1KB

Some of the information you have requested is available from:

The Scottish Parliament website

Cross Party Group on Crofting Minutes 15 March 2017

Parliamentary Question by A Wightman MSP – Feb 2017

First Ministers Questions 16 March 2017 – Question by A Wightman MSP

Newspaper Article

The Courier – 15 Dec 2016

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

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(s) under section(s) s. 30 (b)(i) (free and frank provision of advice), s30 (b)(ii) (free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation), s 30 (c) (substantial prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs) and s38 (1)(b) (personal data of a third party) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained below.

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

FOI-17-02323-Annex A-Email correspondence.pdf
FOI-17-02323-Annex B-Email correspondence.pdf
FOI-17-02323-Annex C-Secondment Agreement.pdf
FOI-17-02323-Annex F-First Minister's Questions extract.pdf


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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