Communications and representations regarding A83 Rest and Be Thankful: EIR release

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


Information requested

For the period since May 6th 2021 till today, please provide the following information:

1) The content of any representations made to The Minister for Transport, to Transport Scotland or to the A83 Task Force, relating to the Rest and be Thankful from elected officials; either MSPs, MPs, or local Councillors. Representations should be unredacted, however, if this is not possible, only the absolute minimum of material should be redacted, and at a minimum, it should be possible to ascertain both the elected official who made the representation, and the date when it was made.

Additionally, please answer the following question for the same period:

2) How many representations have been made to The Minister for Transport, to Transport Scotland or to the A83 Task Force, relating to the Rest and be Thankful, from elected officials, broken down by party.

Response

For request 1, I attach a copy of all of the information detailed below you requested:
 

Name

Political Party

Date of Representation

Brendan O'Hara MP

Scottish National Party

19/05/2021

Donald Cameron MSP

Scottish Conservatives

04/06/2021

Donald Cameron MSP

Scottish Conservatives

24/08/2021

Jenni Minto MSP

Scottish National Party

20/09/2021

Brendan O'Hara MP

Scottish National Party

27/09/2021

Donald Cameron MSP

Scottish Conservatives

07/12/2021

Jenni Minto MSP

Scottish National Party

23/12/2021

Jenni Minto MSP

Scottish National Party

01/04/2022

Jackie Baillie MSP

Scottish Labour

20/01/2022

In addition to the above the following parliamentary questions have been asked in relation to the A83 Rest and Be Thankful:

•   S6W-00550, Graham Simpson MSP, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, 8 June 2021,
•   S6W-05446, Rhoda Grant MSP, Scottish Labour, 12 January 2022,
•   S6W-05447, Rhoda Grant MSP, Scottish Labour, 12 January 2022,
•   S6W-05448, Rhoda Grant MSP, Scottish Labour, 12 January 2022,
•   S6W-05451, Rhoda Grant MSP, Scottish Labour, 12 January 2022.

These are publically available on the Scottish Parliamentary website and can be searched for here: Written questions and answers | Scottish Parliament Website

An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exception is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception.

For request 2), please find below the number of representations made to The Minister for Transport, to Transport Scotland or to the A83 Task Force, relating to the Rest and be Thankful, from elected officials, broken down by party.

Political Party

Number of Representations

Scottish National Party

5

Scottish Labour Party

5

Scottish Conservative Party

4

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FOI 202200295198 - Information Released - Annex A

FOI 202200295198 - Information Released - Annex B

Contact

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