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Breakdown of the legal and court costs in Former First Minister case: FOI release

Published: 11 Sep 2019
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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
11 Sep 2019
Breakdown of the legal and court costs in Former First Minister case: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01941
Date received: 13 Aug 2019
Date responded: 10 Sep 2019
Information requested

You asked for “A full breakdown of the legal and court costs paid by the Scottish Government to Alex Salmond. Please provide as much detail as possible with specific costs and how the cost was incurred e.g. legal advice, travel costs, food expenses or otherwise. ”

Response

1. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide a breakdown of the legal and court costs because an exemption under section s.30(c) of FOISA (prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs) applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption applies is explained in the Annex to this letter.

Reasons for not providing information - Annex
An exemption applies

An exemption(s) under section(s) s.30(c) (prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs) applies to the information you have requested. This is because the information was obtained by the Scottish Government in confidence in the negotiations for settlement of the expenses of the judicial review. To disclose the information would cause or be likely to cause substantial prejudice to the ability of the Scottish Government to correspond with legal firms where information would ordinarily be shared by those firms in confidence.

Exemption(s) s.30(c) is subject to the ‘public interest test’ under section 2. The Scottish Government’s position is that the public interest in permitting the effective conduct of the Scottish Government in relation to litigation and other exchanges in a legal context with legal firms outweighs the public interest in disclosure of this information.

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