COVID-19 roadside breath testing procedures: FOI release

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

Information requested

a) ALL communications including emails within Police Scotland and any other bodies within government(MSPs ,Other Politicians, Scientific officers, Public Health officials, Police unions, etc.) with regard to the Covidsafe procedures to be carried out on Roadside Breath testing on members of the Public Particular reference would be appreciated in communications on this subject from the following Persons and their offices

  • Jenny Gilruth MSP
  • Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland
  • Humza Yousef Justice Minister
  • Professor Jason Leitch, Scientific Officer

From the 1st January 2020 to today’s date of the 24th July 2020

b) ALL published documentation from Police Scotland and the Scottish Government on Covidsafe procedures and use of PPE to be carried out by Police Scotland officers while carrying out Roadside Breath Testing on members of the public This to include Guidelines, Standing Orders, Drafts, reports etc.

From 1st January 2020 to today’s date 24th July 2020.

c) All email and any other correspondence concerning myself and my email address ([REDACTED] all of the bodies/people mentioned in (a) above d) All email communications between Jenny Gilruth and her office and others mentioning myself and her office case no JG3279


Some of the information you have requested is publicly available and can be found using the following web links:

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

Whilst 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 exemption under the following regulations apply:
Section 38(1)(b): Personal information. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in ANNEX A to this letter.

With the exception of personal information, covered by section 38(1)(b), we have released all information within scope of your request, found during our search. This is provided at ANNEX B and ANNEX C of this letter.

They are;

  • Annex B – relevant extracts from ministerial briefing;
  • Annex C – full documents that are relevant to your inquiry. You will wish to note that some of the documents at Annex D contain information relating to matters other than Covidsafe procedures and roadside breath testing. These sections have been marked [REDACTED - OUT OF SCOPE].

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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