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Total cost incurred by Architecture and Design Scotland: EIR release

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

Published:
9 Nov 2021
Total cost incurred by Architecture and Design Scotland: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100242148
Date received: 23 Sep 2021
Date responded: 18 Oct 2021
Information requested

Total costs incurred by Architecture and Design Scotland from 2014 to present; and a record of all engagement between board members and Scottish Government ministers and Cabinet Secretaries from 2014 to present.

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.

The information you have requested is available from Architecture and Design Scotland’s website under corporate documents at https://www.ads.org.uk/about-ads/corporate-documents/. 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, however for ease of access I attach a document listing all Ministerial meetings with Architecture and Design Scotland within the dates requested.

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