Glasgow Science Centre hire during COP 26: FOI release

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

Information requested

All correspondence between the Scottish Government's energy and climate change directorate and the UK government regarding the booking of the Glasgow Science Centre during the COP meeting in Glasgow. I would like all correspondence from 2018 and 2019.


I attach a copy of the information you requested at ANNEX A. I have put the documents and emails in to a table. I have redacted the names and telephone numbers of staff members below Deputy Director level.
Whilst our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exception under the following regulations apply:
Section 28(1) Relations within the United Kingdom.
Section 30(c) Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs.
The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in ANNEX B to this letter.

I have provided information from an email from COP26 CEO Peter Hill to DG Economy Liz Ditchburn dated 16 January and information from a reply from 29 January 2020 in the form of an extract as the remainder of this letter does not relate to the hiring of the Glasgow Science Centre during COP26.
I have provided information from a letter from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt, Hon Michael Gove MP to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair work dated 22 January in the form of an extract as the remainder of the letter does not relate to the hiring of the Glasgow Science Centre during COP26.
Some of the information you have requested is available from Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.
Information not in scope of your request has also been exempt.

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FOI-202000014596 Information released - Annexes A and B


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