Parliamentary Guidance notes in particular relating to MSP’s information requests: FOI release

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

Information requested


You asked for Parliamentary Guidance notes provided or to civil servants, in particular the notes relating to requests for information from MSPs, their staff and Parliamentary Clerks.




I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested, consisting of Parliamentary Guidance Notes titled:

  • Contacts with MSPs and with SPICe
  • Handling of Parliamentary Questions
  • SG official evidence to committees of the Scottish Parliament.

Please note that an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party (ie the names and contact details of Scottish Government officials have been redacted) and disclosing it 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.


About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

foi-19-00390 Information requested 1
foi-19-00390 Information requested 2
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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