- 12 Feb 2020
Date received: 21 Jan 2020
Date responded: 11 Feb 2020
You asked for "the content of all letters sent to Nicola Sturgeon or John Swinney last year expressing concern that either they or someone they know had been unable to win a place at a Scottish university".
I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested in the attached Annex A.
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. names, contact details, and other identifiable information, 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.
Where reasonably practicable I have provided the correspondence in its original format, however for some documents the text has been extracted from its original format to assist with the redaction of information. There is no alteration to the content of the original text, except those redactions.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House