John Swinney's meetings 26 September and 6 October 2022: 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 John Swinney's meetings with David Tydeman on September 26, and October 6, 2022.


We enclose a copy of the information you requested. 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) (Free and Frank Provision of Advice), section 30(b)(ii) (Free and Frank Exchange of Views, section 33(1)(b) (Commercial Interests), section 36(1) (Legal Advice) and section 38(1)(b) (Personal Data) of FOISA applies to that information. More information on this can be found in the annex of this letter.

Some of these exemptions are subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemptions. Further details of the public interest tests applied to each of these exemptions can be found in the annex of this letter. Some of the information you have requested is available from Ferguson Marine: key documents - 2022 - ( and Latest News | Ferguson Marine. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact us again and we will send you a paper copy.

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The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI - 202300338423 - information released - Annex A
FOI - 202300338423 - information released - Annex B


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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