Occupied Palestinian Territories: FOI release

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

Information requested

This Freedom of Information Request has reference to a previous FOI 202200290245 and FOI Review of May 23, 2022 considered by Colin Robertson, Trade And Investment Deliver. Noting that the Review decision was based on information available on May 23, 2022 and stated that “it remains the case that the Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise still intends to write to the identified companies, but has not yet done so. As such both his correspondence with, and the response from, any individual business has yet to be generated in response to your original requests for this information”.

Therefore, I request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) details of correspondence between the Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise and companies identified as operating in Occupied Palestinian Territories. In particular, replies from ‘any companies, thus identified’ by those public bodies as being on the ‘UN list’ and to which Mr McKee may have subsequently written. Such generated correspondence requested should be confined to the period from May 23, 2022 until the present.


All relevant correspondence held by the Scottish Government is included as an attachment to this reply.

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.

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FOI 202200334471 - Information released


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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