Communication with Educational Institute of Scotland regarding the Education Bill: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/02582  
Date received: 12 September 2018 
Date responded: 10 October 2018
Information requested
Details of any meetings or correspondence (emails, typed or handwritten notes, letters, phone calls, minutes of meetings, documents or otherwise) between Scottish Government ministers, senior civil servants or special advisers and anyone at EIS from April to September 2018 on the topic of the Education Bill.
We have identified one piece of correspondence with EIS which is within the scope of your request. 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 an exemption under section s.38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption applies are explained below.
I can also confirm that a telephone call took place on 26 June 2018 between Clare Hicks, Deputy Director for Workforce, Infrastructure and Reform Division and Larry Flanagan, General Secretary of EIS to inform him that the Deputy First Minister intended to make a statement to Parliament that afternoon regarding the Education Bill.
Reasons for not providing information
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to the redacted information because it is the personal data of a third party, i.e. names/contact details of individuals, 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.
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