Correspondence received by the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture: FOI released

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

Information requested

Details on correspondence received by Nicola Sturgeon, Kate Forbes, and Fiona Hyslop from Jim McColl, Tom Hunter, John McLaren, and David Phillips, from 23/03/2020 - 24/07/2020 and copies of this correspondence where it exists.


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We were, however, able to source some correspondence that the respective Ministerial Private Offices had on file at the time of the trawl. For reference Ministerial Private Offices only keep correspondence on file for three months after which time it is disposed of. I enclose a copy of the information we were able to gather down by Minister below. Copies of the correspondence, where this was available, will be included in the attached document.

First Minister:
No correspondence was available

Cabinet Secretary for Finance:
No correspondence was available

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture:



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Summary of information gathered from hospitality sector


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