Ministerial communications relating to public protest 13 May 2021: FOI review

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

Information requested

I am interested in ministerial communications with other public bodies regarding the public protest around attempts by Home Office immigration officials to details two men in Pollokshields, Glasgow on May 13. Details:

It has been reported that the Justice Minister and the First Minister of Scotland were in 'regular' contact with Police Scotland officials and Home officials during the day, in relation to this protest. Please could you supply copies of any contact records, briefing notes, emails or SMS messages sent between these Scottish Ministers and Police Scotland or Home Office officials that relate to this incident.

I understand the messages sent via apps such as WhatsApp, Signal or other messaging apps are still subject to FOI and therefore please consider any relevant messages sent via such apps as within scope of this request.


I have concluded that the original decision should be confirmed, with modifications.

I have considered the information and come to the decision that the exemptions of FOISA under section 28 (1) (relations within the UK), section 30(b)(i) (free and frank exchange of advice) and finally the exemption under section 38(1)(b) in relation to personal data are all appropriate in relation to this request. I have however reviewed the information withheld under these exemptions and have modified the information being provided to you. This now includes appropriate release of senior civil servants names and further dialogue in particular in relation to document 4a which has now been released.

Finally, I can confirm that all instant messaging services were checked as part of this FOI however were not used in relation to your request.

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