First Minister meeting with the Scotch Whisky Association: FOI release

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

Information requested

A list of all meetings between Humza Yousaf and the Scottish Whisky Association since he became First Minister.

  • Minutes of all those meetings.
  • All correspondence relating to those meetings, including email and written.


I can confirm that only one meeting has taken place between the First Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP and the Scotch Whisky Association. This was a meeting between Chief Executives and Senior Managers of key producers, retailers and Circularity Scotland on 20 April 2023. The meeting note and related correspondence is attached in Annex B.

I attach a copy of most of the information you requested.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption(s) under section(s) s.38(1)(b) (personal information), 30(b)(i) (Free and frank provision of advice)  of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained in the Annex to this letter.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI 202300355471 - Information Released - Annex A
FOI 202300355471 - Information Released - Annex B


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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