Correspondence regarding timing of publishing referendums bill: FOI release

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

Information requested

From 1 September 2020 to present:

Copies of correspondence (emails, texts, minutes of calls, memos, minutes of meetings and/or otherwise) between civil servants and/or Special Advisors and/or Scottish Government Cabinet members on the timing of publishing the referendums bill.


Some of the information you have requested is attached in Annex A of this letter.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, exemptions under Sections 30(b)(ii) Free and Frank Provision of Views, Section 36(1) – legal advice and 38(1)(b) (Personal Information) of FOISA applies to some of the information requested. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in Annex B of this letter.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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