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Outcomes/action points of any meeting between the former and current First Ministers regarding recent allegations: FOI release

Published: 20 Sep 2018
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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
20 Sep 2018
Outcomes/action points of any meeting between the former and current First Ministers regarding recent allegations: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/02295  
Date received: 27 August 2018 
Date responded: 20 September 2018
 
Information requested
 
A list of meetings between the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond in relation to recent allegations made against Mr Salmond which are subject to a Scottish Government investigation and a Police Investigation. This information should include dates, venue, agendas and those present.
 
Any briefing papers or other pre-meeting documents created for the First Minister in preparation for these meetings with, Mr Salmond.
 
Any notes, minutes, action points or any other documents created following meetings between the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond in relation to recent allegations made against Mr Salmond which are subject to a Scottish Government investigation and a Police Investigation.
 
Confirmation that any notes, minutes, action points or any other relevant details of the meeting were passed to the Permanent Secretary as part of her investigation into the allegations against Alex Salmond?
 
Response
 
By reference to section 18(1) of FOISA we cannot confirm or deny whether any information
is held. We are applying section 18(1) in conjunction with section 35(1)(c) (information
exempt if disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice substantially the administration of
justice).
 
The exemption in section 35(1)(c) is subject to the public interest test. We have viewed the public interest test to be the balance between the need to be open and transparent in our decision making and ensuring that we do not prejudice substantially the administration of justice. In that regard we cannot confirm or deny if any such information exists and we have concluded that the balance favours adopting that approach.
 
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