FOI Request - Moray Growth Deal Emails

Request 101002833837

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2002, please provide me with copies of Roddy Burns, Chief Executive emails referring to Moray Growth Deal from Jan 2021 to date.

Response 28-07-2021

Please see the attached document

Other emails sent by Roddy Burns relating to the Moray Growth Deal are exempt from disclosure as follows:

Where the requested information contains the personal information of third-party individuals, this has been exempted from disclosure in accordance with Section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (third-party personal information). Where possible the Council will provide responses to Freedom of Information requests with any third party personal information redacted from the relevant documents in order to provide as much information as possible while complying with the requirements of FOISA and of data protection legislation. However, in this case the personal information was intrinsic and found throughout, meaning any such redaction would render the documents effectively meaningless.

Where the disclosure of the requested information would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially the free and frank exchange of advice and/or views for the purposes of deliberation, this has been exempted from disclosure in accordance with Sections 30(b)(i) and (ii) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (free and frank exchange). This allows for discussions to be undertaken which are open and honest whilst at the same time affording some protection to relevant information.

The public interest test required by Sections 30(b)(i) and (ii) has been applied. While the Council recognises there is a public interest in terms of accountability and transparency in conducting its business, in this case we are satisfied that this is outweighed by the public interest in ensuring that discussions among all potential stakeholders can continue to be free and frank while the Moray Growth Deal is in the phase of securing funding.

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