Publication - FOI/EIR release

Funding provided to Dawnfresh: EIR release

Published: 26 May 2021

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Published:
26 May 2021
Funding provided to Dawnfresh: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100184872
Date received: 24 Mar 2021
Date responded: 23 Apr 2021
Information requested

1. Full details of any applications made by, and grants or funding provided to, Dawnfresh from the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund.

2. Full details of any other funding from Scottish Government sources provided to Dawnfresh over the last year.

Response

As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, 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, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

1. I attach a copy of some of the information you have requested.

An exception under regulation 10(5)(e) of the EIRs (substantial prejudice to confidentiality of commercial information) applies to some of the information you have requested.

This exception applies because disclosure of this particular information would, or would be likely to, prejudice substantially the confidentiality of commercial information provided by Dawnfresh and thus cause substantial harm to their commercial interests.

This exception is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, 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 exception.

We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open and transparent government, and to help account for the expenditure of public money.

However, there is a greater public interest in protecting the commercial interests of companies which enter into Scottish Government contracts, to ensure that we are always able to obtain the best value for public money.

Some of information has been redacted from the information released under regulation 11(2) of the EIR’s because that information is the personal data of a third party 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 exception 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 exception.

2. 

  • European Maritime and Fisheries Fund - £382,281
  • Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund - £100,000
  • Aquaculture Hardship Fund - £27,000
  • Seafood Producers Resilience Fund - £13,500

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