- 7 Jan 2020
Date received: 4 Dec 2019
Date responded: 7 Jan 2020
You asked for Scottish Executive Circular 6/1995 as amended June 2000 (also known as “Revised Circular 6/95”) or, if that Circular is no longer current, a copy of the updated Circular/other document.
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
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, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
The revised guidance circular dated June 2000 which updated Scottish Office Circular No. 6/1995 is no longer published. There is no updated version of this circular.
I enclose a copy of the revised guidance circular dated June 2000 in electronic (PDF) format along with the associated errata which was published in August 2000.
Current guidance on the Implementation of Scottish Government policy on protecting Ramsar sites is available via the following web link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/implementation-of-scottish-government-policy-on-protecting-ramsar-sites/
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