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Correspondence between Scottish Government and partner agencies: FOI release

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


Information requested

1. In relation to the email sent to Catherine Calderwood and Gareth Brown from a @gov.scot address at 18:07 on 16 February 2016 (as included in the response to my previous request):

a. A copy of Catherine Calderwood's reply to the email.

b. A copy of the communications from the author of the email to HPS (as mentioned in the third paragraph of the email, where it says ". I am feeding back to HPS separately as they will have a keen interest.")

c. A copy of the feedback provided to the author of the letter in response to questions raised on South Korea (as mentioned in item 12 of the list in the email, where it says ".... in DH seems to have good links with South Korea, so there were various questions asked about that outbreak that he will ask and feedback on.")

2. In relation to the email sent from a Scottish Government Official to a UK Government Official, the response from the Department of Health in England to this request.

3. Any emails and attachments sent by Catherine Calderwood between 16 February 2016 and 24 February 2016 in response to the email sent to her and Gareth Brown on 16 February 2016 at 18:17 (as provided in your previous response).

4. Any emails and attachments sent between 16 February 2016 and 24 February 2016 to Health Protection Scotland that mention "MERS-Cov" or "Exercise Alice" and that were sent by the author of the email sent to Catherine Calderwood and Gareth Brown on 16 February 2016 at 18:17 (as provided in your previous response).

5. Any emails and attachments sent between 29 April 2016 and 9 May 2016 in response to the email sent on 29 April 2016 at 16:46 from a "@gov.scot" address to a "@dh.gsi.gov.uk" address with the subject "Exercise ALICE report" (as provided in your previous response).

Response

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to this request.

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

In response to your request, I can confirm that the Scottish Government holds the response from the Department of Health in England to the email sent by a Scottish Government Official on 29 April 2016 at 16.46. I enclose a copy of this email, which is attached at Annex A.

Our aim is to provide information whenever possible, however in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the rest of the information you have requested.

While the Chief Medical Officer is based in the Scottish Government and is supported by Scottish Government civil servants, ‘The Chief Medical Officer of the Scottish Administration’ is designated (at Part 2 of Schedule 1 of FOISA) as a wholly separate public authority from the Scottish Government (‘The Scottish Ministers’ are designated at Part 1 of Schedule 1). It should also be noted that requests for information submitted under FOISA cannot be transferred from one authority to another.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
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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