John Swinney's meeting with Kevin Hobbs: FOI release

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

Information requested

All internal and external correspondence within and sent or received by the Scottish Government including attached documents, meeting handouts, memos, briefings to ministers, attendee lists, location of meeting, notes, minutes, or OneNote memos, linked to the following meetings:

  1. John Swinney's meeting with Kevin Hobbs, CMAL CEO, on July 27, 2022
  2. John Swinney's meeting with business organisations on July 28, 2022, including the CBI, SCC, SRC, FSB and others.


I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested, Annex A for request 1 and Annex B for request 2 

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested at part 1a) because exemptions under the following sections of FOISA applies to that information: sections 29(1)(a) - Formulation/development of government policy═ż 33(1)(b) - Substantial prejudice to commercial interests═ż and 33(2)(a) - Substantial prejudice to the economic interests of the UK.

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FOI - 202200331289 - Annex A
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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