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Seagreen Wind Energy Limited and unexploded ordnance clearance activities: EIR release

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


Information requested

"The written report by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited in respect of unexploded ordnance clearance activities, submitted as part of the licensing requirements.

Any background briefing notes, advice and correspondence involving officials, advisers and ministers with regards to Scottish Parliament Written Answer S6W-05332 by Michael Matheson on 10 January 2022."

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.

Response to your request

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

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exceptions under Regulation 10(5)(b) (the course of justice) and Regulation 11(2) (personal information of a third party) of the EIRs apply to that information. The reasons why these exceptions apply is explained in the Annex to this letter.

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Contact

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

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