Correspondence between John Stevenson and Shirley-Anne Somerville: FOI release

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

Information requested

A copy of the correspondence between Mr John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville between November 2022 and Feb 2023.


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