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Committee on Scottish Government’s Handling of Harassment Complaints: FOI release

Published: 10 Sep 2020

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

10 Sep 2020
Committee on Scottish Government’s Handling of Harassment Complaints: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000075659
Date received: 14 Aug 2020
Date responded: 10 Sep 2020
Information requested

All internal correspondence in relation to the Scottish Parliament's committee on the Scottish Government's handling of harassment complaints.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. The reason for this is the significant volume of documents which would require to be located, retrieved, and appropriately redacted. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12. 

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