Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands BBC Shetland interview: FOI release

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

Information requested

1. Who was interviewed from the Scottish Government by BBC Shetland on October 4 2023?

2. All briefing notes prepared for their interview.

3. All correspondence received and sent by the Scottish Government setting up the interview and any correspondence sent following the interview,

4. Minutes written from the interview or any summary written about the interview.


The answer to your question is the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Mairi Gougeon was interviewed by BBC Shetland on Wednesday 4 October 2023.

I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested. In response to point 4, no minutes or summary of the interview was recorded.

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)of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption(s) applies are explained below/in the Annex attached to this letter. This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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Central Enquiry Unit
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