Correspondence regarding the consultation on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill: FOI release

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

Information requested

All correspondence between the Scottish Government and the Equality Network and Scottish Trans Alliance about the consultation on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill since 17 March 2020.


Some of the information you have requested is available from our website at: Gender Recognition Act progression: FOI release - ( In particular, this published information includes a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, to LGBT organisations, dated 1 April 2020.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. 

I attach further information held by the Scottish Government falling within the scope of your request.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal data of a third party) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested because it consists of the names and email addresses of Scottish Government officials, and the contact details and signatures 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.

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