Jamie Hepburn's MSP diary and engagements: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02834
Date received: 3 November 2017
Date responded: 29 November 2017

Information requested

Details of Jamie Hepburn's engagements, diary and call log on 6 July 2016 including any emails he received.


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

The information on the Minister's diary for the 6 July is available on the Scottish Government's website via the following link: /publications/?term=ministerial&publicationTypes=transparency_data. 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 the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.

Reasons for not providing information

The Scottish Government does not have the information Section 17(1) of FOISA (information not held) requires the Scottish Government to notify you if it does not have the information you requested.

The Scottish Government does not have details of any calls the Minister made on 6th July 2016 as private offices do not hold ministerial box records for longer than 3 months. You also asked for any emails sent to the Minster that day. In line with records management procedures, Ministerial Private offices only retain emails for 3 months after their receipt so the Scottish Government does not hold that information.


Here are details of Mr Hepburn's engagements on 6th July 2016.

Mr Hepburn attended the launch event for the Scottish version of Screwfix' document 'Your guide to hiring an Apprentice' which had been developed by Screwfix to encourage small and micro businesses to engage with the Modern Apprenticeship Programme. During this visit the Minister met with Graham Bell, Store Operations & Property Director at Screwfix, Danny McMahon, Interim Government Affairs Advisory at Kingfisher and a small number of Modern Apprentices.

Mr Hepburn also visited YMCA Edinburgh, a third sector employer who offer Community Jobs Scotland placements, to hear how third sector organisations like the YMCA are supporting disadvantaged young people through the CJS programme. During this visit the Minister met with Kerry Reilly, Chief Executive of YMCA Scotland, along with 2 young people who are benefiting from Community Jobs Scotland at YMCA Edinburgh having come out of prison.

Mr Hepburn's final engagement of the day was a visit to YoungScot where he took part in an online Question and Answer session hosted by YoungScot offering advice to young people on how to get into work. During that engagement the Minister met with Louise MacDonald and some YoungScot volunteers.

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