Correspondence regarding Orbital Energy: FOI release

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

Information requested

Any correspondence from Lorna Slater or her ministerial office or any special advisers on the topic of Orbital Energy from the date she became a minister to date.


I attach a copy of some of the information you requested in the format you asked for.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some the information you have requested because an exemption under section s.38(1)(b) personal information of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why those exemptions apply are explained in the Annex to this letter.

An exemption(s) under section s.38(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. Section 38(1)(b) has been applied here and includes the exemption of personal data of a third party.

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.

Please find attached:

  • Letter from Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity accepting invite to meet with Orbital Marine (dated 14 December 2021) Please note no meeting took place and no further correspondence is held relating to any meeting
  • Email to Special Advisor (dated 08 November 2021)
  • Email to Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport (dated 03 November 2021)
  • Emails to and from Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity ( dated 02 November 2021, 29 October 2021)

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