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Correspondence regarding Scottish Conservative press release: FOI release

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

Published:
8 Oct 2018
Correspondence regarding Scottish Conservative press release: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/02553  
Date received: 12 September 2015  
Date responded: 5 October 2018
 
Information requested
 
Correspondence between Scottish Government ministers, special advisers, senior civil servants or communications staff regarding the Scottish Conservative press release citing £80 billion of missed economic targets.
 
Response
 
I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested which is contained in the attached email chain.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under section(s) s.30(b)(ii) (free and frank exchange of views) and s.38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained below.
 
Reasons for not providing information
 
Section 30(b)(ii) – free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation.

An exemption under section 30(b)(ii) of FOISA (free and frank exchange of views) 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 how to respond to the conservative press release will inhibit such discussions in the future.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption.
We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open, transparent and accountable government, and to inform public debate and in this case we have released the final response that was issued in reaction to the conservative news release.

Section 38(1)(b) – applicant has asked for personal data of a third party.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, ie names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. 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.
 
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