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Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme in Inverness: EIR release

Published: 26 Oct 2018

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Published:
26 Oct 2018
Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme in Inverness: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/18/02890
Date received: 3 October 2018  
Date responded: 25 October 2018
 
Information requested
 
You asked to know how much public money is used in support of the SMASS organisation based in Inverness, including any support from the Westminster Government.
 
Response
 
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations.  We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.  

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, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

For the financial year 2018/19,  the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) at Inverness will receive £212,864  for the delivery of strandings investigations, of which £160,000 is from Marine Scotland and £47,864  from the UK Government.
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Central Enquiry Unit 
Email: ceu@gov.scot
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