Companies involved in the defence sector : FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/00369
Date received: 8 February 2018
Date responded: 14 March 2018

Information requested

'I would like to request information under the Freedom of Information Act. I would like a copy of all correspondence relating to my previous FoI request sent on 27 November 2017 of the reference FoI/17/02869 and the appeal of the response to this FoI sent on 21 December 2017. The original FoI regarded information relating to public funds supporting companies involved in the arms trade since 2007/8.'


Please be advised that an error was made when answering a previous Parliamentary question. The documentation held within this response shows that Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) released £161,238 to companies involved in the defence sector in 2016/17. We have now received clarification from HIE that this figure is incorrect and an amendment to reflect this has been issued to Parliament. I can confirm that the correct figure is £61,238 as stated in the previous FoI response. Please accept my apology for any confusion this may have caused.

I have prepared all the documentation you requested and included the following annexes for your attention:

Annex A - E-mail from Special Adviser's Office

Annex B - E-mail received from Highland and Islands Enterprise confirming appropriate contact name.

Annex C - E-mail received from Scottish Enterprise confirming appropriate contact name.

Annex D - E-mail trail advising of original FoI query

Annex E - E-mail issued with response to FoI query attached

Annex F - Copy of Acknowledgement letter issued regarding FoI request

Annex G - Copy of FoI request letter

Annex H - Draft response letter (awaiting clearance)

Annex I - E-mail trail relating to review application received

Annex J - E-mail issued to confirm receipt of review application

Annex K - E-mail from Minister's Office clearing response

Annex L - E-mail issued with official review response attached

Annex M - E-mail to minister requesting clearance for response

Annex N - E-mail from Special Adviser's Office confirming ministerial clearance required

Annex O - E-mail from FoI unit advising of slight amendment to response

Annex P - E-mail trail assigning review to official for response

Annex Q - Full report to minister for clearance

Annex R - E-mail regarding the quick allocation of review

Annex S - Letter issued to confirm that the review is underway and advising of response deadline

Annex T - Copy of letter issued to confirm that review is complete

Annex U - Draft response letter to review request

Annex V - Document confirming the searches carried out internally in relation to the initial FoI query

You will note that there are certain redactions which have been made to the documents provided in this response. These redactions have been made in line with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Further information on this can be found in Annex W.

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