- 6 Dec 2018
Date received: 25 October 2018
Date responded: 5 December 2018
You have requested:
- Discusssions with the salmon farming industry (including Marine Harvest, SSPO & Wester Ross Fisheries/Salmon) since 1 September 2018
- Please provide information relating to correspondence, lobbying and discussions with the salmon farming industry since 1 September 2018.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
An exemption under section 29(1)(a) of FOISA (formulation or development of government policy) applies to some of the information requested because it relates to the development of the Scottish Government’s policy on aquaculture.
Please see document below.
Reasons for not providing information
The Scottish Government does not have the information
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
Section 29(1)(a) – formulation or development of government policy
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. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open, transparent and accountable government, and to inform public debate. However, there is a greater public interest in high quality policy and decision-making, and in the properly considered implementation and development of policies and decisions. This means that Ministers and officials need to be able to consider all available options and to debate those rigorously, to fully understand their possible implications. Their candour in doing so will be affected by their assessment of whether the discussions on developing aquaculture policy will be disclosed in the near future, when it may undermine or constrain the Government’s view on that policy while it is still under discussion and development.
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