- 15 Apr 2021
Date received: 1 Mar 2021
Date responded: 23 Mar 2021
Scottish Government Minister, Kate Forbes meeting and dinner with Angus McPherson of Noble and Co on 5 September 2019.
Details being sought include
- Pre meeting briefing(s)
- Any agenda
- List of attendees at all meetings
- Any minutes or notes
- Any post meeting action points
- Venue, cost of, and details of who paid for dinner
Attached is a reponse to the request. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested as an exemption under FOISA applies. Further information on what exemption applies and why can be found in the Annex.
The dinner you reference took place on 5 September 2019 at Noble & Company Ltd, 95A George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3ES. The total cost is not known to Scottish Government officials, however, we can advise it was paid for by Noble & Company Ltd.
Further information that fell within the scope of your request has been attached separately for reference.
REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION
Section 38(1)(b) – Personal data
This exemption applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, i.e. names and contact details, 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 Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House