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DIRECTORATE FOR ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
DECC : Onshore Electricity, Strategy and Consents
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Ric Lander
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Our Reference: 202400396587
 
28 February 2024
 
Dear Ric Lander,
 
Thank you for your request dated 31 January 2024 under the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 (EIRs). 
Your request
‘Please provide me with any documentation relevant to the following meetings between the Scottish
Government and SSE, Equinor in 2022 and 2023. I request copies of attendance, topics discussed and any
agreed actions.
 
 1) 15/03/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
 2) 16/03/2022 Video conference with SSE, John McFarlane (Special Adviser), Lobbying Register
 3) 18/03/2022 Inveralmond House, Perth, meeting with SSE, John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for
Finance and the Economy Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery Deputy First Minister), Lobbying Register
 4) 26/04/2022 Scottish Parliament meeting with Equinor, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister) Lobbying
Register
5) 03/05/2022 Video conference with SSE, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister), Ministerial engagements
travel and gifts
 6) 10/05/2022 Meeting with Equinor, Richard Lochhead MSP (Minister for Just Transition Employment and
Fair Work), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
 7) 17/05/2022 Norwegian Consulate General meeting with Equinor, Angus Robertson MSP (Cabinet for the
Constitution External Affairs and Culture) Lobbying Register
 8) 30/05/2022 Dakota Hotel, Glasgow, meeting with Equinor, Ivan McKee MSP (Minister for Business Trade
Tourism and Enterprise), Lobbying Register
 9) 09/06/2022 Meeting with SSE at SSE Perth HQ, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero
Energy and Transport), Lobbying Register
 10) 14/06/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
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and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
 11) 16/06/2022 Video conference with Equinor, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero
Energy and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
 12) 10/08/2022 Video conference with Equinor, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister), Ministerial
engagements travel and gifts
 13) 15/08/2022 Phone call with SSE, Richard Lochhead MSP (Minister for Just Transition Employment and
Fair Work), Ministerial diaries
 14) 07/09/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Lobbying Register, Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
 15) 14/09/2022 Video conference with SSE, John McFarlane (Special Adviser) and Harry Huyton (Special
Adviser), Lobbying Register
 16) 28/09/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
 17) 02/05/2023 Video conference with Equinor, Humza Yousaf MSP (First Minister), Ministerial engagements
travel and gifts
 18) 08/11/2023 Scottish Parliament meeting with Equinor UK Ltd, Humza Yousaf MSP (First Minister),
Lobbying Register'
 
 As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those
Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. 
This exemption is 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 exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the
exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes.
This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
Response to your request
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 Regulation 10(4)(a) – information not held,
10(4)(e) – internal communications, 10(5) – commercial information 11(2) – personal information or because
the material was out of scope and related to organisations not included as part of your request. The
redactions within the documents clearly mark which regulation is applicable.
I have considered each of the items in your request and have enclose a copy of the relevant information,
where it is possible to provide this. I have explained the exemptions applied to each question in the response
as follows;
Response to items 2, 3, 10, 13 and 15 as detailed below:
2) 16/03/2022 Video conference with SSE, John McFarlane (Special Adviser), Lobbying Register
3) 18/03/2022 Inveralmond House, Perth, meeting with SSE, John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for
Finance and the Economy Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery Deputy First Minister), Lobbying Register 
10) 14/06/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts.
13) 15/08/2022 Phone call with SSE, Richard Lochhead MSP (Minister for Just Transition   Employment and
Fair Work), Ministerial diaries
15) 14/09/2022 Video conference with SSE, John McFarlane (Special Adviser) and Harry Huyton (Special
Adviser), Lobbying Register 
Scottish Ministers, special advisers and the Permanent Secretary are covered by the terms of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. See
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While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, after extensive searches of our records relating to
the above listed meetings I can confirm an exemption under regulation 10(4)(a) – information not held -
applies. In addition, in relation to item 3 it appears this meeting may relate to the MSP’s constituency
business rather than government business and would therefore be out of scope had documentation been
located.
For ease of reference, I have grouped the remaining items together into meetings involving Equinor and then
meetings involving SSE.
Response to all remaining meetings from your request relating to meetings involving Equinor as listed
below:

4) 26/04/2022 Scottish Parliament meeting with Equinor, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister) Lobbying
Register
6) 10/05/2022 Meeting with Equinor, Richard Lochhead MSP (Minister for Just Transition Employment and
Fair Work), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
7) 17/05/2022 Norwegian Consulate General meeting with Equinor, Angus Robertson MSP (Cabinet for the
Constitution External Affairs and Culture) Lobbying Register
8) 30/05/2022 Dakota Hotel, Glasgow, meeting with Equinor, Ivan McKee MSP (Minister for Business Trade
Tourism and Enterprise), Lobbying Register
11) 16/06/2022 Video conference with Equinor, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero
Energy and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
12) 10/08/2022 Video conference with Equinor, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister), Ministerial
engagements travel and gift
16) 02/05/2023 Video conference with Equinor, Humza Yousaf MSP (First Minister), Ministerial engagements
travel and gifts
17) 08/11/2023 Scottish Parliament meeting with Equinor UK Ltd, Humza Yousaf MSP (First Minister),
Lobbying Register
I have attached the ‘EIR – 202400396587 - Equinor meetings’ document.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, and are releasing all documents located in our
records relating to these meetings, we are not able to disclose all material within these documents under
regulations 10(4)(e) – internal communications, 10(5)(e) – commercial information 11(2) – personal
information or because the material was out of scope and related to organisations not included as part of
your request. The redactions within the documents clearly mark which regulation is applicable to each.
Response to all remaining meetings from your request relating to meetings involving SSE as listed below:
1) 15/03/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
5) 03/05/2022 Video conference with SSE, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister), Ministerial engagements
travel and gifts
9) 09/06/2022 Meeting with SSE at SSE Perth HQ, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero
Energy and Transport), Lobbying Registry
14) 07/09/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Lobbying Register, Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
16) 28/09/2022 Video conference with SSE, Michael Matheson MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy
and Transport), Ministerial engagements travel and gifts
Scottish Ministers, special advisers and the Permanent Secretary are covered by the terms of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. See
www.lobbying.scot
St Andrew's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1
3DG
www.gov.scot


I have attached the ‘EIR – 202400396587 - SSE meetings’ document.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, and are releasing all documents located in our
records relating to these meetings, we are not able to disclose all material within these documents under
regulations 10(4)(e)– internal communications, 10(5)(e) – commercial information 11(2) – personal
information or because the material was out of scope and related to organisations not included as part of
your request. The redactions within the documents clearly mark which regulation is applicable to each.
Your right to request a review
If you are unhappy with this response to your EIR request, you may ask us to carry out an internal review of
the response, by writing to Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Postal address: 4th Floor, 5
Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, E-mail address: xxxxxx.xxxxx@xxx.xxxx.
Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and should be made within
40 working days from the date when you received this letter. We will complete the review in accordance with
EIRs as soon as possible, and not later than 20 working days from the day following the date we receive your
review request.
If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal to the Scottish
Information Commissioner. More detailed information on your appeal rights is available on the
Commissioner's website at:
http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Unhappywiththeresponse/AppealingtoCommissioner.aspx.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Murphy
OESC : Strategic Co-ordination & EU Exit
Scottish Ministers, special advisers and the Permanent Secretary are covered by the terms of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. See
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