E-mail correspondence between Scottish Government and Sinn Fein: FOI release

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

Information requested

Copies of these e-mails to and from the Scottish Government and Sinn Fein.


Your original request asked for the total number of e-mails sent between Scottish Government and Sinn Fein e-mail accounts. Our reply confirmed that 30 e-mails had been received from Sinn Fein accounts and four sent from Scottish Government accounts between 14 July 2021 and July 2022.

In relation to your current request, I attach, below, the information retained by the Scottish Government in line with our record management processes. This includes the four e-mails sent from Scottish Government accounts.

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (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 exemption 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 exemption.

Not all of the information you requested is held by the Scottish Government and this letter is therefore a formal notice under 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government do not hold all of the information you requested.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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