- 6 Nov 2018
Date received: 9 October 2018
Date responded: 6 November 2018
2. An exemption under section 30(b)(i) of FOISA (free and frank provision of advice) applies to some of the information you have requested. This exemption applies because disclosure would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank provision of advice. This exemption recognises the need for officials to have a private space within which to provide free and frank advice to ministers before the Scottish Government reaches a settled public view. Disclosing the content of free and frank advice would substantially inhibit the provision of such advice in the future.
3. An exemption(s) under section s.38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. This exemption applies to data that it is considered to be the personal data of a third party. This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered that the public interest in disclosing the information does not outweigh the public interest in applying the exemption. The reason being that the document in question identifies specific ratepayers properties and their corresponding rateable values.
4. The Scottish Government does hold a number of documents that fall within the scope of your request. I have attached it below the information that falls within the scope of your request.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House