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Bifab (Burntisland Fabrications) meetings prior to 6 May 2020: FOI Review

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

Published:
28 Aug 2020
Bifab (Burntisland Fabrications) meetings prior to 6 May 2020: FOI Review
FOI reference: FOI/202000058783 Review
Date received: 8 Jul 2020
Date responded: 5 Aug 2020
Information requested

You have deleted all the information from the minutes and the public have a right to know what is going on at Bifab.

Response

I have now completed my review of our response to your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the last ten sets of minutes of meetings, held prior to 6 May 2020, relating to Bifab (Burntisland Fabrications).

I have concluded that the original decision should be confirmed, with modifications.

You were dissatisfied with our initial response because you believed that we had “deleted all the information from the minutes and the public have a right to know what is going on at Bifab”.

In conducting my review, I have considered the case afresh and I have reviewed each individual application of the exemptions applied. I have determined that we were not entitled to withhold a small amount of information in the minute of 21 April 2020 under section 30(b)(i) and (ii), and I now attach this information. I also attach as per your request a glossary of abbreviations.

However, I have also determined that the remainder of the information withheld under sections 30(b)(i) and (ii), and all of the information withheld under sections 33(1)(b) and 38(1)(b), has been done so correctly, for the reason ns stated in our initial response. I consider that it is not currently in the public interest for the information to be released because information is sensitive whilst discussion regarding potential support to the company are ongoing and that release could unfairly impact on the company’s engagement with suppliers and customers; potentially it could also give an unfair impact on competitor companies. This
could have a significant effect on the company’s ongoing viability and retention of jobs in Scotland.

BiFab

Burntisland  Fabrications

Cab Sec

Cabinet Secretary

FEP

First E&P

HIE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

JVD

JV Driver

NnG

Neart na Gaoithe

SCS

Senior Civil Servant(s)

SE

Scottish Enterprise

SG

Scottish Government

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