- 22 Oct 2018
Date received: 18 October 2018
Date responded: 20 October 2018
1. To ask Scottish Ministers to provide all correspondence including emails with dates or any communications thereof that confirms that the Cabinet Secretary advised Audit Scotland that the Government had provided commercial loan facilities of up to £45 million between September 2017 and June 2018.
2. To ask the Scottish Government to provide the evidence that supports Mr Mackay's assertion that that he informed the Finance and Constitution Committee of the loans on 24th April and 27th June 2018. The statement implies that Mr Mackay informed ALL of the members of that Committee rather than the Convener alone, that being Bruce Crawford. Correspondence of any fromat including emails and all communications between Mr Mackay and the Committee is required.
An exemption under section 33 (1(b)) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested because it relates to commercial information that may prejudice the company.
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.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House