First Minister diary entries, briefings and meetings on specified dates: FOI Release

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

Information requested

  • Any and all diary entries for the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, for the 28, 29 and 30 March 2018.
  • Any and all diary entries for Ms Elizabeth Lloyd, Chief of Staff to the First Minister, for the 28, 29 and 30 March 2018.
  • Any minutes or briefings produced in relation to any meetings that took place on the 28, 29 or 30 March 2018 that included either the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, or Ms Elizabeth Lloyd, Chief of Staff to the First Minister.


I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested.

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 exemptions under sections 38(1)(b), and 39(1) of FOISA apply to that information.
We do not hold any other material which falls within scope of your request. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested, because it is the 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 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. 

An exemption under section 39(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. This is because disclosure would, or would be likely to, endanger the physical or mental health or safety of an individual.

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. We recognise that there is some public interest in the First Minister’s travel arrangements. However, this is outweighed by the public interest in the safety of the First Minister.

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