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Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

what discussions has the Scottish Government had with representatives of any of the governments of Spain and/or Cyprus in relation to conditions for accession by an independent Scotland to the EU?

have these discussions, if any has taken place, involved mention of the status of Gibraltar or the British sovereign bases in Cyprus?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Scottish Government

Dear Mr Keegan

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 December under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information regarding
discussions between Scottish Government and representatives/governments of
Spain and/or Cyprus on conditions for accession by an independent
Scotland. My apologies for the delay in acknowledging your email. 

 

We received your request on 14 December and will respond in accordance
with FOISA by 17 January

 

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/13/00045

 

Kind Regards

Peter Larsson

 

Peter Larsson | EU Fast Stream Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division |
Scottish Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ

Email [email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Central Enquiry Unit

Sent: 14 December 2012 15:40

To: Campbell F (Fiona)

Cc: Donaldson I (Ian); Zeballos L (Laura)

Subject: FOI - SEA - EU accession discussion with Spain and Cyprus -
Martin Keegan

 

 

 

The email enquiry below was received at the Central Enquiry Unit today.

 

I would be grateful if you would deal with this or forward it to the
appropriate person / area of business.

 

You may wish to acknowledge receipt of this email to the enquirer.

 

Thank you

 

Alison S

 

Ext 35011

 

Central Enquiry Unit

 

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-----Original Message-----

From: Martin Keegan [mailto:[FOI #142327 email]]

Sent: 14 December 2012 15:36

To: Central Enquiry Unit

Subject: Freedom of Information request - EU accession discussion with
Spain and Cyprus

 

 

     Dear Sir or Madam,

    

     I would like to request the following information under the Freedom

     of Information Act:

    

     what discussions has the Scottish Government had with

     representatives of any of the governments of Spain and/or Cyprus in

     relation to conditions for accession by an independent Scotland to

     the EU?

    

     have these discussions, if any has taken place, involved mention of

     the status of Gibraltar or the British sovereign bases in Cyprus?

    

     Yours faithfully,

    

     Martin Keegan

    

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     Please use this email address for all replies to this request:

     [FOI #142327 email]

    

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Tha am post-d seo (agus faidhle neo ceanglan còmhla ris) dhan neach neo
luchd-ainmichte a-mhàin. Chan eil e ceadaichte a chleachdadh ann an dòigh
sam bith, a’ toirt a-steach còraichean, foillseachadh neo sgaoileadh, gun
chead. Ma ’s e is gun d’fhuair sibh seo le gun fhiosd’, bu choir cur às
dhan phost-d agus lethbhreac sam bith air an t-siostam agaibh, leig fios
chun neach a sgaoil am post-d gun dàil.

 

Dh’fhaodadh gum bi teachdaireachd sam bith bho Riaghaltas na h-Alba air a
chlàradh neo air a sgrùdadh airson dearbhadh gu bheil an siostam ag obair
gu h-èifeachdach neo airson adhbhar laghail eile. Dh’fhaodadh nach eil
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Scottish Government

Dear Mr Keegan

 

I refer to my email of 15 January 2013 about your request under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information
regarding discussions between Scottish Government and
representatives/governments of Spain and/or Cyprus on conditions for
accession by an independent Scotland.

 

Under section 10(1) of FOISA, our response to your request is due today,
17 January 2013  Unfortunately, it is taking longer than expected to deal
with your request due to the amount of correspondence we are currently
handling. I apologise for this delay and hope to be able to send you a
response within the few weeks.

 

Kind Regards

Peter Larsson

 

Peter Larsson | EU Fast Stream Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division |
Scottish Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ

Email [1][email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405

 

 

From: Larsson P (Peter)
Sent: 15 January 2013 15:22
To: '[FOI #142327 email]'
Subject: RE: FOI - SEA - EU accession discussion with Spain and Cyprus -
Martin Keegan

 

Dear Mr Keegan

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 December under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information regarding
discussions between Scottish Government and representatives/governments of
Spain and/or Cyprus on conditions for accession by an independent
Scotland. My apologies for the delay in acknowledging your email. 

 

We received your request on 14 December and will respond in accordance
with FOISA by 17 January

 

If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/13/00045

 

Kind Regards

Peter Larsson

 

Peter Larsson | EU Fast Stream Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division |
Scottish Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ

Email [2][email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Central Enquiry Unit

Sent: 14 December 2012 15:40

To: Campbell F (Fiona)

Cc: Donaldson I (Ian); Zeballos L (Laura)

Subject: FOI - SEA - EU accession discussion with Spain and Cyprus -
Martin Keegan

 

 

 

The email enquiry below was received at the Central Enquiry Unit today.

 

I would be grateful if you would deal with this or forward it to the
appropriate person / area of business.

 

You may wish to acknowledge receipt of this email to the enquirer.

 

Thank you

 

Alison S

 

Ext 35011

 

Central Enquiry Unit

 

Reminder: If this email contains a request for information please remember
that the Scottish Government is required to respond to all requests for
information including e-mails, within 20 working days of receipt in
accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. FOI Guidance A
leaflet ‘How to Open Government’ is available for members of the public,
the FOI unit recommend that you send a copy with your response.

 

All FOI requests received must be registered on the FOI Tracker. Please
click here to access the FOI tracker .

 

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-----Original Message-----

From: Martin Keegan [[3]mailto:[FOI #142327 email]]

Sent: 14 December 2012 15:36

To: Central Enquiry Unit

Subject: Freedom of Information request - EU accession discussion with
Spain and Cyprus

 

 

     Dear Sir or Madam,

    

     I would like to request the following information under the Freedom

     of Information Act:

    

     what discussions has the Scottish Government had with

     representatives of any of the governments of Spain and/or Cyprus in

     relation to conditions for accession by an independent Scotland to

     the EU?

    

     have these discussions, if any has taken place, involved mention of

     the status of Gibraltar or the British sovereign bases in Cyprus?

    

     Yours faithfully,

    

     Martin Keegan

    

     -------------------------------------------------------------------

    

     Please use this email address for all replies to this request:

     [4][FOI #142327 email]

    

     Is [5][Scottish Government request email] the wrong address for Freedom of

     Information requests to Scottish Government? If so, please contact

     us using this form:

     [6]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/contact

    

     Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be

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luchd-ainmichte a-mhàin. Chan eil e ceadaichte a chleachdadh ann an dòigh
sam bith, a’ toirt a-steach còraichean, foillseachadh neo sgaoileadh, gun
chead. Ma ’s e is gun d’fhuair sibh seo le gun fhiosd’, bu choir cur às
dhan phost-d agus lethbhreac sam bith air an t-siostam agaibh, leig fios
chun neach a sgaoil am post-d gun dàil.

 

Dh’fhaodadh gum bi teachdaireachd sam bith bho Riaghaltas na h-Alba air a
chlàradh neo air a sgrùdadh airson dearbhadh gu bheil an siostam ag obair
gu h-èifeachdach neo airson adhbhar laghail eile. Dh’fhaodadh nach eil
beachdan anns a’ phost-d seo co-ionann ri beachdan Riaghaltas na h-Alba.

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Dear Mr Larsson,

I wasn't aware there was a large volume of FOIA requests at the moment; I've analysed the Scotland-related requests in TheyWorkForYou.com and there doesn't seem to be a spike at least in the subset of requests which pass through that site.

I'm also aware the Scottish Government apparently has been caught out for spending taxpayers' money fighting a court action implying that it had legal advice on Scotland's EU membership post-independence when this advice turned out not to exist; it might therefore be wise to treat Scottish Government claims about whether it has or has not got easy access to such and such a piece of information with a degree of caution.

Please respond to my Freedom of Information request within the law, or, if you decide to delay beyond the legal time limit, please at least respond as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Scottish Government

Dear Mr Keegan
 
Thank you for your request dated 14 December 2012  under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) as set out below:
 
- What discussions the Scottish Government had had with representatives of
either of the governments of Spain or Cyprus in relation to conditions for
accession by an independent Scotland to the EU?
- Have these discussions, if any have taken place, involved mention of the
status of Gibraltar or the British sovereign bases in Cyprus?
 
Allow me again to apologise for the delay in responding to your query
 
Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established
that the information you require is not held by the Scottish Government as
no such discussions have been conducted by Scottish Government.
 
As you are aware Scotland is currently part of the territory of the
European Union and the people of Scotland are citizens of the EU. The
Scottish Government is clear that we will continue to be members of the EU
after a vote for independence.
 
I am sorry we are unable to assist with your enquiry.  If you are unhappy
with this response to your request, you may ask us to carry out an
internal review, by writing to Ken Thomson, St Andrews House, Regent Road,
Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, e.mail [email address]. Your request should
explain why you wish a review to be carried out, and should be made within
40 working days of receipt of this letter, and we will reply within 20
working days of receipt.  If you are not satisfied with the result of the
review, you then have the right to make a formal complaint to the Scottish
Information Commissioner.
 
Kind Regards
Peter Larsson
 
Peter Larsson | EU Policy Officer | UK and Europe Division | Scottish
Government | 3-D South Victoria Quay | Edinburgh | EH6 6QQ
Email [1][email address].uk  Tel +44(0) 131 244 5405
 
 
 

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Tha am post-d seo (agus faidhle neo ceanglan còmhla ris) dhan neach neo
luchd-ainmichte a-mhàin. Chan eil e ceadaichte a chleachdadh ann an dòigh
sam bith, a’ toirt a-steach còraichean, foillseachadh neo sgaoileadh, gun
chead. Ma ’s e is gun d’fhuair sibh seo le gun fhiosd’, bu choir cur às
dhan phost-d agus lethbhreac sam bith air an t-siostam agaibh, leig fios
chun neach a sgaoil am post-d gun dàil.

 

Dh’fhaodadh gum bi teachdaireachd sam bith bho Riaghaltas na h-Alba air a
chlàradh neo air a sgrùdadh airson dearbhadh gu bheil an siostam ag obair
gu h-èifeachdach neo airson adhbhar laghail eile. Dh’fhaodadh nach eil
beachdan anns a’ phost-d seo co-ionann ri beachdan Riaghaltas na h-Alba.

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