Correspondence between ministers and Scottish Rugby Union relating to 2021 season: FOI release

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

Information requested

All correspondence between Scottish ministers and the Scottish Rugby Union, relating to the December 2020 agreement to field a GB Sevens team for the 2021 season.

Please also include any correspondence - regardless of topic - between Scottish ministers and Mike Dodson, Dominic McKay and Jim Mallinder, all of, or formerly of, the SRU.

Please restrict your searches for the above material to correspondence dated between May 1 2020 and Dec 31 2020.


I have taken that you mean Mark Dodson, Chief Executive, as I can't find any reference to any Mike Dodson and I have therefore completed searches using "Mark Dodson".

Attached is a copy of some of the information you requested. The information I enclose is relating to the second part of your request. I have not been able to locate any information to your request about fielding a GB Sevens team for the 2021 season.

An exemption under section 33(1)(b) - Substantial prejudice to commercial interests of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. Disclosure would (or would be likely to) prejudice substantially the commercial interests of any person or organisation.

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Central Enquiry Unit
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