Israel and Palestine learning resources correspondence: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02447
Date received: 19 October 2017
Date responded: 6 November 2017

Information requested

Details of any correspondence between Sandra White or Ross Greer and John Swinney on the topic of Israel and Palestine learning resources between 1 April and 19 October 2017.


Following a search of correspondence we found no record of any correspondence between Ross Greer MSP and John Swinney MSP between the specified dates relating to the topic of Israel and Palestine learning resources. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) that we do not hold the information you have requested.

Following a search of correspondence we found the attached correspondence on the same topic between Sandra White MSP and John Swinney MSP.

However, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information requested .

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some information which has been redacted from the document. 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 staff members. 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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