Communications with special advisors regarding Mark McDonald MSP: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/00458
Date received: 9 February 2018
Date responded: 6 March 2018

Information requested

Any correspondence (emails, typed or handwritten notes, letters, phone calls, minutes of meetings, briefs or otherwise) involving Scottish Government special advisers discussing Mark McDonald in October and November 2017.


Having searched our paper and electronic records, the documents applicable to your request held by the Scottish Government are attached in an annex to this letter.

A small amount of the information you have requested has been withheld because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal information) applies.

This exemption 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 exemption.

No further information applicable to your request is held by the Scottish Government.

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FOI-18-00458 - email correspondence.pdf


Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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