Number of times the former First minister and the current First Minister discussed the ongoing investigation: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/02294 
Date received: 27 August 2018 
Date responded: 20 September 2018
Information requested
In an interview with STV, former FM Alex Salmond said he discussed an internal Scottish Government investigation into his behaviour as FM “several times” with the current First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
  1. How many times did Mr Salmond contact the First Minister between January 2018 to August 24, 2018 regarding the investigation?
  2. Did the First Minister or a civil servant make notes (electronic or physical) regarding the conversation—can you please provide the notes as part of the FOI.
  3. Were these notes/documents passed to the Permanent Secretary as part of the investigation?


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