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Citizens’ Assembly & Citizens’ Assembly co-convener correspondence: FOI release

Published: 19 Feb 2020

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

Published:
19 Feb 2020
Citizens’ Assembly & Citizens’ Assembly co-convener correspondence: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000012832
Date received: 22 Jan 2020
Date responded: 18 Feb 2020
Information requested

A copy of all correspondence between former Citizens’ Assembly co-convener David Martin and the Citizens’ Assembly/Scottish Government in 2019 and 2020.

Response

Before I address your request, it may be helpful if I explain that the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland operates independently from the Scottish Government. Further details of this can be read in the Memorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Ministers and the Convenors of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland.
For this reason, the Scottish Government does not hold some of the information you have requested. However, that information may be held by the Secretariat to the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland which can be contacted by email at info@citizensassembly.scot or by post at Citizens' Assembly of Scotland, PO Box 24147, Edinburgh, EH3 1GS.

Correspondence between David Martin and Scottish Government
All correspondence held by the Scottish Government between the Scottish Government and David Martin in his capacity as co-Convenor of the Citizens’ Assembly is enclosed with this letter in Documents 1- 4.
An exemption under 38(1)(b) (Personal Information) of FOISA applies to some of the information requested. The reasons why this exemption applies is explained in the Annex of this letter.

Correspondence between David Martin and the Citizens’ Assembly
Section 17(1) of FOISA (information not held) requires the Scottish Government to notify you if it does not have the information you requested. The Scottish Government does not hold correspondence between David Martin and the Citizens’ Assembly.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

Annex
REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION

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 of individuals), and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. 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.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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