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Communications with the nine newly appointed HM Trade Commissioners since their respective appointments: FOI release

Published: 8 Jan 2019

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

Published:
8 Jan 2019
Communications with the nine newly appointed HM Trade Commissioners since their respective appointments: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/03558
Date received: 12 October 2018
Date responded: 20 December 2018
 
Information requested
 

You asked for :

Any correspondence or details of meetings between Scottish Ministers or Scottish Government officials and any of the nine newly appointed HM Trade Commissioners since their respective appointments.

 

Response
 

I have enclosed copies of documentation that are within the scope of your request and constitute direct correspondence or details of meetings between HM Trade Commissioners and Scottish Government officials and/or Scottish Ministers. 

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. I have redacted names of individuals.  Disclosing these details would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. 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.

To supplement the response I’ve provided a table (see below) with a basic outline of engagements where documentation does not exist, documentation is not owned or held by Scottish Government or documentation held does not meet the scope of your request. This details events or meetings where Scottish Government officials or Scottish Ministers have been in attendance but not necessarily a direct meeting with the Trade Commissioner.

 

Meeting Date

Trade Commissioner

Attending Officials

Ministerial presence

Type of event

07/06/2018

Richard Burn

Deputy Director International Trade and Investment Delivery,

not applicable

Afternoon reception

20/08/2018

Andrew Mitchell

Deputy Director Scottish Government London Office

not applicable

Meeting

12/09/2018

Simon Penney

Policy Official from Trade and Investment Delivery Division, Deputy Director International Trade and Investment Delivery Division, Deputy Director International Trade and Investment Delivery Division

Not applicable

Meeting

27/09/2018

Emma Wade-Smith

 

Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade Investment and Innovation

Meeting

26/11/2018

Anthony Phillipson

SG Counsellor for North America, SG Second Secretary for America

not applicable

Reception

Weekly

Richard Burn

First Secretary - Scottish Affairs,  Scottish Affairs Office, British Embassy, China - (invited as part of a wider interest attendee list)

not applicable

weekly DIT catch up meetings

 
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