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Transport Scotland correspondence regarding ferry services: EIR release

Published: 9 Jun 2021

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

Published:
9 Jun 2021
Transport Scotland correspondence regarding ferry services: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100197763
Date received: 27 Apr 2021
Date responded: 25 May 2021
Information requested

“From October 1st 2020 to current day correspondence , emails, reports or papers about ferry services from Oban, Mallaig, Uig & Ullapool to the Outer Hebrides , Coll, Tiree, Mull, Colonsay , Arran & Islay between Transport Scotland, local MPs, MSPs and Councillors.”

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.

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

Some of the information you have requested is available from Scottish Government website in the form of Parliamentary Questions that can be found at the following link Written questions and answers|Scottish Parliament Website.

Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

I have attached copies of all Ministerial correspondence that falls under the scope of your request.

An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is 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.

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