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Nigg Harbour development supplier, subcontractors and consultants: EIR release

Published: 23 Mar 2020

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Published:
23 Mar 2020
Nigg Harbour development supplier, subcontractors and consultants: EIR release
FOI reference: FO/202000020134
Date received: 11 Mar 2020
Date responded: 20 Mar 2020
Information requested

“an up to date list of supplier, subcontractors, and consultants that have or will be involved with the development of the new Nigg Harbour to include dredging, breakwater formation, quay construction and infrastructure.”

Response

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.

You asked for an up to date list of supplier, subcontractors, and consultants, however, the Scottish Government does not hold such a list. As such I have included excerpts from emails received by the Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team which detail this information.

I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested in the form of five redacted PDF documents
- these have been combined for publishing purposes

While 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 regulation 11(2) (personal information of a third party) of the EIRs applies to that information. The reason why that exception applies is explained in the Annex to this letter.

ANNEX
REASON FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION
An exception applies
Regulation 11(2)
– To the extent that environmental information requested includes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject and in relation to which either the first or second condition set out in paragraphs (3) and (4) is satisfied, a Scottish public authority shall not make the personal data available.
An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information of a third party) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party 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. This exception 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 exception.
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