Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy engagement: FOI release

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

Information requested

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.


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.

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