Sustainable Growth Commission: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/02282
Date received: 24 August 2018  
Date responded: 21 September 2018
Information requested
“Any correspondence, reports, memoranda or briefings you have produced relating to the SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission chaired by Andrew Wilson since April 2017.”

I enclose a copy of the information you requested in Annex I.  In some instances, part of the information requested has been withheld or redacted for the following reasons:

An exemption under section 29(1)(a) of FOISA (formulation or development of government policy) applies to some of the information requested because it relates to the formulation of policy on Scottish Government progamme for Government.

An exemption under Section 30(b)(i) and 30(b)(ii) free and exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation (in relation to Ministerial briefings and lines to take and in relation to meetings with external stakeholders) applies to some of the information requested. This exemption applies because disclosure would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation. This exemption recognises the need for Ministers and officials to have a private space within which to discuss and explore options before the Scottish Government reaches a settled public view. Disclosing the content of free and frank discussions on Sustainable Growth Commission Report will substantially inhibit such discussions in the future, particularly because these discussions are still ongoing and decisions have not been taken. 

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Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 
The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 

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