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REF 83 & 83 R - Kelp utilisation

Request

 “…correspondence held from the following bodies (The Scottish Seaweed Association and Chemical Industries Association) that relates to the commercial use of kelp. …. Briefing documents, presentations, reports, emails, text, whatsapp or other electronic messages or papers letters

“…copies of any correspondence between your organisation and any other public body or Scottish Minister that relates to any issue raised in correspondence received from two groups (The Scottish Seaweed Association and Chemical Industries Association)”

Request for Review

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Crown Estate Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Correspondence regarding kelp utilisation'.

A response to this request is now long overdue.

Response to Review & Request

Having undertaken the review, we have failed to comply with section 10(1) of FOISA. We apologise, I have reviewed our procedures and though robust, human error is still a reality; however, the review process under FOISA resolved it.

The extent of the information contained within the scope the request is environmental information, therefore, exemption 39(2) of FOISA is applied.

The redactions within the documents contain personal data and therefore under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs – Personal Information – making that information available would contravene the first principle of the Data Protection Act.

Commercial use of kelp