- 10 Apr 2018
FOI reference: FOI/18/00319
Date received: 2 February 2018
Date responded: 5 April 2018
You asked for information regarding a potential inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland and the Scottish Government's decision not to order an independent Scottish inquiry for the period from 17/01/17 to the present day.
Some of the information you have requested is available. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. 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 exemptions under sections of FOISA applies to that information:
29(1 )(a) - formulation or development of government policy
29(1 )(b) - Ministerial communications
30(a) - substantial prejudice to the convention of collective responsibility of Scottish Ministers
30(b)(i) - substantial inhibition of free and frank provision of advice
30(b)(ii) - substantial inhibition of free and frank exchange of views for the purpose of deliberation
30(c) - substantial prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs,
36(1) - confidentiality in legal proceedings
38(1)(b) - personal data
The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained in Annex A below.
The information we are able to provide you with can be found at Annex B below.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House