- 8 May 2019
Date received: 5 Apr 2019
Date responded: 7 May 2019
• all correspondence between Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Chief Constable lain Livingstone - or any other senior police officer - in the last six months (Oct 5 to April 5) pertaining to Brexit;
• all correspondence between Nicola Sturgeon and Chief Constable lain Livingstone - or any other senior police officer - in the last six months (Oct 5 to April 5) pertaining to Brexit; and
• all internal memos pertaining to Brexit sent to all Ministers in the last six months.
I enclose most of the relevant correspondence you requested in PDF format:
A letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, to Chief Constable lain Livingstone dated 27 November 2018.
This was sent to all justice stakeholders alongside the Scottish Government's assessment of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration which the UK government has negotiated with the EU27.
There was no correspondence between the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Chief Constable lain Livingstone, or any other senior police officer, in the last six months (October 5th - April 5th) pertaining to Brexit.
With regard to providing all internal memos pertaining to Brexit sent to all Ministers in the last six months, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The reason for this is that to locate and retrieve that information we would need to conduct a search of all of the records of the Scottish Government. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.
You may, however, wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. For example, you could further specify the subject matter of the internal memos you are interested in or restrict your request to a specific business area of the Scottish Government, as this would allow us to limit the searches that would require to be conducted. For example, you may request all internal memos pertaining to Brexit policing matters sent to all Ministers in the last six months. You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner's 'Tips for requesting information under FOi and the EIRs' on his website at:
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 Andrews House