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COVID 19 Papers and minutes from Vaccination Transformation Programme Board meetings: FOI release

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

Published:
2 Aug 2021
COVID 19 Papers and minutes from Vaccination Transformation Programme Board meetings: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100224931
Date received: 21 Jul 2021
Date responded: 30 Jul 2021
Information requested

"The meeting papers and minutes from all meetings of the Vaccination Transformation Programme Board to present".

Response

The Programme Board held meetings on the following dates:

  • 25 April 2018
  • 5 October 2018
  • 21 November 2019
  • 4 March 2020

The agendas of the meetings held on 25 April 2018 and 5 October 2018 have been attached below.

Some of the information you have requested is available from the Scottish Government website through a previously published Freedom of Information request, which can be accessed at: Vaccination Transformation Programme Board minutes: FOI release - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

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

An exemption under section 30(b)(i) and (ii) (free and frank exchange of advice and views) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. This is because disclosure would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank exchange of views and provision of advice. This exemption recognises the need for officials to have a private space in which to provide free and frank advice to other officials. Disclosing the content of free and frank provision of advice or exchange of views in relation to an investigation would substantially inhibit the provision of such advice, or the exchange of such views, in the future.

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. We recognise that there is a public interest in disclosing information as part of open, transparent and accountable government, and to inform public debate. However, there is a greater public interest in allowing officials a private space within which to explore and refine the process and procedure by which investigations are conducted. This private thinking space is essential to enable all information and options to be properly considered. Disclosure is likely to undermine the quality of this process, which would not be in the public interest.

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