Publication - FOI/EIR release

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

Published: 21 May 2021

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

Published:
21 May 2021
Correspondence regarding the consultation on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100187091
Date received: 27 Mar 2021
Date responded: 23 Apr 2021
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.

Response

Some of the information you have requested is available from our website at: Gender Recognition Act progression: FOI release - gov.scot (www.gov.scot). 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.

About FOI

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.

Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG