Minister for Independence - Correspondence, Staff and Meetings: FOI release

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

Information requested

1. All correspondence between the UK Government, Scottish government and civil servants regarding the minister for independence?

2. How many civil servants are working under him and how much are their salaries? Broken down by job title and Pay grade.

3. List of Mr Hepburn’s meetings since being appointed and minutes from these meetings?


On 19 May 2023, we sought clarification on you on the scope regarding question 1 and you confirmed you were requesting all correspondence between the UK and Scottish Governments.

1. A small amount of information was identified as being in scope of your request however, an exemption under S.28(1) of FOISA applies to this information. The reason this exemption applies is explained in the Annex of this letter.

2. The majority of civil servants are not allocated to work directly for individual Ministers as part of their normal duties in supporting the Scottish Government. One member of staff is currently employed in the Minister for Independence’s private office as a Private Secretary at B2 grade. An exemption under S.38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to a small amount of the information you have requested. The reason why this exemption applies is explained in the Annex of this letter.

3. Some of the information you have requested about meetings attended by the Minister for Independence has already been published on the Scottish Government’s website, and can be found at the following link:

Information regarding the Independence Prospectus, Constitutional Futures Division and the Minister for Independence: FOI release - (

The rest of the information about meetings attended by the Minster is included in the table below.


Description of Meeting


Ministers Meeting


Catch up with Officials – Correspondence/Diary


Meeting with Officials – ‘Building a New Scotland Series’


Meeting with FM


Meeting with SpAd


Meeting with Ross Greer


Podcast with the National


Meeting with Strategic Comms


Meeting with Senior Management Team – Constitutional Futures


Meeting with officials – ‘Building a New Scotland Series’


Meeting with Ministers – ‘Building a New Scotland Series’


Meeting with Officials – ‘Paper 1 and Paper 3’

The minutes for meetings attended by the Minister where applicable, between 30 March 2023 – 17 May 2023, are enclosed with this letter. Exemptions under S.29(1)(a), S.30(c), S.30(b)(ii) and S.38(1)(b) of FOISA apply to some of the information requested. The reason why these exemptions apply are explained in the Annex of 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 202300357032 - Information Released - Annex A
FOI 202300357032 - 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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