Proposed Pentland Studios project: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02848
Date received: 20 November 2017
Date responded: 19 December 2017

Information requested

Any correspondence to or from Fiona Hyslop MSP and/or any member of her staff regarding the proposed Pentland Studios project.


As some the information you requested may be considered as 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

Copies of the information you requested are attached to this email in pdf format (30). Item S20170007456 19 June is appended to item S20160007811.

An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it 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 exception 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 exception. The correspondence has been redacted to reflect this.

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FOI-17-02848 - related documents - part 1.pdf
FOI-17-02848 - related documents - part 2.pdf
FOI-17-02848 - related documents - part 3.pdf
FOI-17-02848 - related documents - part 4.pdf
FOI-17-02848 - related documents - part 5.pdf


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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