A review of undercover policing in Scotland: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/00319
Date received: 2 February 2018
Date responded: 5 April 2018

Information requested

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.

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Annex A.pdf
Annex B.pdf


Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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