Independence prospectus meetings, minutes, notes and diary entries: FOI release

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

Information requested

  1. A list of any meetings held by the Minister for Independence regarding the independence prospectus papers, since his appointment on March 29.
  2. Any minutes or briefing notes on the above.
  3. Diary entries for the minister's first week in office.


Most of the information you have requested about meetings attended by the Minister for Independence, and the associated minutes and briefings, has already been published on the Scottish Government’s website, and can be found at the links below. This information also covers the meetings attended by the Minister in his first week in office, and you may find it helpful to note that the Scottish Parliament was in recess between 1-16 April this year. You will also want to note that the exemptions under FOISA applied in these cases still continue to apply.

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

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

The rest of the information about meetings attended by the Minster regarding the Building a New Scotland prospectus series up to the time of your request are included in the table below.

Date Meeting
19/05/2023 Meeting with officials. Pre-meet.
19/05/2023 Meeting with FM and officials. 'Building A New Scotland' series.
23/05/2023 Meeting with FM and officials. 'Building A New Scotland' series.
23/05/2023 Meeting with Constitutional Futures Division Management Team.

For the minutes for these meeting, see Annex B. Exemptions under S.29(1)(a), S.30(c) and S.38(1)(b) of FOISA apply to some of the information requested. The reason that these exemptions apply is explained in the Annex A of this letter.

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202300358434_Annex A
202300358434_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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