Meetings with the Confederation of Business Industry: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/00641
Date received: 15 February 2018
Date responded: 13 March 2018

Information requested

A list of the meeting dates and locations that Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing has had with the Confederation of British industry in 2016 and 2017.

I also request a copy of all background notes and/or briefings provided to the Cabinet Secretary with regard to meetings with the CBI.

In addition, and again under Freedom of Information legislation, I ask for a copy of any minutes and notes taken during or subsequent to these meetings.'


Our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are able to provide details of 3 meetings between Mr Ewing and the Confederation of British Industry held during 2016 and 2017. Details are contained in the table attached in Annex 0.1.

The papers associated with these meetings are attached also as Annexes to this document as follows:

  • Annex 1 CBI Meeting July 2017 - Main Points and Actions
  • Annex 2 CBI Meeting September 2016 – Briefing Document
  • Annex 3 CBI Meeting December 2016 – Briefing Document
  • Annex 4 CBI Meeting July 2017 – Briefing Document

Please note that Ministerial engagements are routinely published on the Scottish Government wesite and can be accessed using the following link:


Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.If you do not have access to obtain this information from the website listed, then please contact me again and I will arrange to provide it in hard copy.

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Annex 0.1.docx
FoI 18 00641 Annex 1.docx
FoI 18 00641 Annex 2.docx
FoI 18 00641 Annex 3.docx
FoI 18 00641 Annex 4.docx


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The Scottish Government
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