National Advisory Council on Women and Girls 2020 report: FOI release

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

Information requested

The Council's 2020 Report and Recommendation states that the recommendations on 'intersectional gender architecture' were formulated following "a series of Wee Circle virtual events, seminars and meetings.

Please provide the following information for each (1) Wee Circle virtual event (2) seminar (3) meeting:

  • Date of event
  • Type of platform used (i.e. Zoom, Teams, Skype, phonecall)
  • Number of people who attended each event and, if available, a breakdown by sex, age and socioeconomic background
  • Which Council members participated in each event
  • Copies of presentations given at each event
  • All notes and reports for each event


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance exemptions under sections 17(1) (Information not held), 25(1) (information otherwise accessible) and 38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA apply to some of the information requested.

Section 38(1)(b) (personal information) applies to a 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.

The reasons why the exemptions s17(1) (Information not held) and s25(1) (information otherwise accessible) apply are explained in the Annex.

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