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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist: FOI release

Published: 24 Feb 2021

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

Published:
24 Feb 2021
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100157340
Date received: 15 Feb 2021
Date responded: 24 Feb 2021
Information requested

"A) What meetings, emails, correspondence, communications Glenn Campbell BBC journalist has held with Scottish Government ministers, officials, civil servants and special advisors between November 2017 and the present (15 Feb 2021)

B) The content of emails, minutes of meetings if so. "

Response

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 that to locate and retrieve that information we would need to conduct a search of all of the records of the Scottish Government. It may help if I explain that we file our information according to the subject matter, not by reference to the names of individuals / organisations with whom we have corresponded.

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. 

You may, however, wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. For example, you could specify the subject matter(s) of the correspondence you are interested in or restrict your request to a specific business area of the Scottish Government, as this would allow us to limit the searches that would require to be conducted. You may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner's 'Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs' on his website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Tipsforrequesters.aspx.

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