Deputy First Minister’s meeting with Mike Haines, Scottish Secondary Teachers Association: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/18/03090
Date received: 22 October 2018 
Date responded: 19 November 2018
Information requested
  • All briefing documents created in advance of the Deputy First Minister’s meeting with Mike Haines (SSTA) on 21/6/2018.
  • A list of everyone present at the meeting and its location.
  • Any notes taken at the meeting.
  • Any minutes created of the meeting.
  • Any action points created after the meeting.


Briefing documents

see attached

Attendees and location

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister

Mike Haines OBE

Education Officer, Education Scotland

Head of Connected Communities Unit, Scottish Government


The meeting took place in Scottish Parliament.


None taken


None taken

Action points

For Education Scotland to assist Mike Haines to engage more with Scottish secondary schools to raise awareness of the Global Acts of Unity charity.



However, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b), personal information, of FOISA applies to some of the information requested. 

This exemption applies because the information is personal data of a third party 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.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) that Education Scotland do not hold the information related to the notes and action points of the meeting.

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