Correspondence concerning the hospitality sector during lockdown: FOI release

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

Information requested

Copies of any correspondence (emails, letters or otherwise) received by Scottish Ministers/special advisors between 29 October to 11 November from those identified as working in the hospitality industry either as owners, employers, staff or otherwise.


A search of our correspondence system and mailboxes has identified 8 emails from people identifying as business owners, staff or employees in the hospitality industry as specified by your request. I enclose a copy of the correspondence. An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. names/contact details of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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