Former Finance Secretary resignation correspondence: FOI release

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

Information requested

Please provide all correspondence between Scottish Government special advisers and Scottish Government communications staff in relation to allegations about Derek Mackay and his subsequent resignation from government between 5-12 February.


I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested. A small amount of information has been redacted from the Annex provided as it is personal data consisting of names and contact details of individuals which is exempt from disclosure under section 38(1)(b) (personal information).
Section 38(1)(b) can be applied when disclosure of the information requested would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the GDPR. 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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FOI-202000028279 Information released - Annex A


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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