Cabinet Secretary for Health's scheduled meetings that have been cancelled since 19 February: FOI review

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

Information requested

How many meetings and engagements originally scheduled within the window of 20 February 2023 - 27 March 2023 in the Cabinet Secretary for Health's Ministerial diary have been cancelled since 19 February?]

I have concluded that a different decision should be substituted.

Information is exempt under section 29(1)(d) if it relates to the operation of any Ministerial private office. As this information relates to the operation of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care’s private office the exemption is applicable.

The exemption in section 29(1)(d) is a qualified exemption subject to the public interest test.

The information identified is routine and as a result I have decided that in this case the public interest in disclosing the information is not outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption. The original decision to apply the exemption is therefore overturned.


The answer to your question is 17.

For your information, Ministerial diaries are updated on a daily basis, often multiple times, and for a wide variety of reasons. Meetings and engagements, whether internal to the Scottish Government or with external individuals and bodies, may be cancelled, postponed or rearranged by organisers other than a Minister.


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