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Information relating to Police Scotland work with Sri Lanka: FOI release

Published: 9 Feb 2021

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

Published:
9 Feb 2021
Information relating to Police Scotland work with Sri Lanka: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000121879
Date received: 8 Dec 2020
Date responded: 22 Dec 2020
Information requested

Please provide copies of any records held by the Justice Directorate between 15 October 2020 and 8 December 2020 relating to Police Scotland's work with Sri Lanka. I expect your search to include records held by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and his team.

Response

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. The following 8 answers to Parliamentary Questions relate to your request:

Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament
Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament 
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Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament
Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament 
Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament 
Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament 
Motions, Questions and Answers Search - Parliamentary Business: Scottish Parliament 

Enclosed are copies of some of the information you have requested. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some information you have requested, as exemptions under sections 30(b)(i) (free and frank provision of advice) and 38(1) (b) (personal information) of FOISA applied to that information. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in Annex A and Annex B.

Annex A
An exemption under section 30(b)(i) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested and therefore information in relation to the free and frank provision of advice has not been provided. This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’ and taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, to enable the free and frank provision of advice with stakeholders and Ministers. Should the information be released it is likely that this would have an inhibiting effect on the provision of advice or on the exchange of views in the future.

Annex B
An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. Individual names and email addresses have not been provided and this exemption applies as it relates to personal information. 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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