Correspondence relating to protest sites during The King's Visit to Edinburgh: FOI release

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

Information requested

Please provide me with any correspondence between the Scottish Government and the Republic pressure group. Please also provide me with any Scottish Government correspondence, briefing papers, memos, notes and further information relating to protest sites during the King's visit to Edinburgh, including decisions made by the Director and Secretary of Commissions.


In response to your request for correspondence between the Scottish Government and the Republic pressure group (I earlier clarified with you that this was specifically in relation to The King’s visit to Edinburgh in July 2023), the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. The reasons why we do not have the information are explained in the Annex to this letter.

In response to the second part of your request, I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested. Some of the information you have requested relates to maps of Edinburgh City Centre which are publicly available. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. Further aspects of this information are subject to specific exemptions which are detailed below, with an explanation for their application.

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 exemptions under Section 30 (b) (i) (the free and frank provision of advice), Section 30(c) (the effective conduct of public affairs) and Section 38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA apply. The reason why these exemptions apply is explained below.

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FOI 202300371594 - Information Released
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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