Communications with Sarantium Solutions/Sir Stephen House services 2015/2016: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/01472
Date received: 29 May 2018
Date responded: 26 June 2018

Information requested

In calendar years 2015 and 2016, all communications with Sarantium Solutions/Sir Stephen House on the company's services and opportunities for the firm and the Scottish Government to work together.


Attached is a copy of most of the information requested.

As context, and with regard to the information that is enclosed, you may wish to note that set against the backdrop of recent attacks in Europe throughout 2015, the Scottish Government considered undertaking some work on its readiness. As such, the Scottish Government invited Sir Stephen House, as outgoing Chief Constable of Police Scotland, to submit a project proposal. However, as has been stated under previous FOIs on this subject, the need for these services did not arise, so a contract was not awarded and no payment was made.

Reasons for not providing information

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. the names of people whose advice would have been sought as part of the proposal from Sir Stephen House/Sarantium Solutions Ltd, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. 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.

About FOI

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FOI-18-01472 - Annex B Attachment.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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