Street Lighting LED Lanterns: EIR review

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00674
Date received: 5 March 2018
Date responded: 19 March 2018

Information requested

Information on Scotland Transerv and how they are procuring their Street Lighting LED Lanterns.


I have now completed my review of our response to your request under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs).

I have concluded that the original decision should be confirmed, with modifications.

I completed a full review of how your request was managed. Whilst some aspects of your request were correctly answered, I identified others which were not. I therefore attach a more comprehensive response to your original request, which I hope provides the necessary clarity. The attached document includes:

1. A background note;

2. A response to each of your eleven questions;

3. Output from our contract management system, which details LED expenditure undertaken in the South West Unit by Scotland Transerv on behalf of Transport Scotland;

4. Details of the recent Erskine Bridge Lighting and Electrical Works Contract, which included some LED installations.

In the original response to your request we applied an exemption under regulation 10(5)(e) of the EIRs (substantial prejudice to confidentiality of commercial information) to questions 1 and 2 however we were not entitled to apply this exemption as we do not hold that information. We should have refused your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs because in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. I apologise that this was done.

In the original response to your request we applied an exemption under regulation 10(4)(b) of the EIRs to questions 5 and 7 to 11. I have concluded that we were not entitled to apply this exemption. Although we considered the questions to be the same as questions 1 and 3 we should have grouped those questions together for which the same answer could be provided. I apologise that this was not done.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI-18-00674 - Erskine Bridge lighting and electrical works contract.pdf

FOI-18-00674 - related documents.pdf

FOI-18-00674 - extract from contract management system.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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