House of Commons Library ref. 98/8/56 EP/rjt

The request was refused by House of Commons.

Dear House of Commons,

Then MP, Mr Salmond received a letter from the House of Commons Library (ref. 98/8/56 EP/rjt) which gave a table showing that based on Scotland's GDP per capita, Scotland would occupy 7th place in the world's wealth league.

Could I please have a copy of said letter.

Yours faithfully,

James McMaster

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr McMaster

Thank you for your request for information dated 31st May 2012, received by us on the same date.

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case within 20 working days i.e. on or before 2nd July 2012.

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number quoted in the subject line of this email.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Price
IRIS Support Officer

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr McMaster,

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below.

Your asked for a copy of a letter sent to Mr Alex Salmond, from the House of Commons Library (ref. 98/8/56 EP/rjt) including a table prepared as a part of that letter. We can confirm that the information you require is held by the House of Commons. We hold the letter and two tables. The first table, containing a list of countries and their per capita GDP, is available via the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers....

However, we have considered that the letter and the second table, which was calculated specifically for Mr Salmond MP as part of the Library’s advice, are exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, under sections 36(2)(b)(i) and 36 (2)(c) of this Act and your request for this information is refused.

The Speaker of the House of Commons has formed the reasonable opinion, under the above sections of the Act, that disclosure of these documents would be likely to inhibit the free and frank provision of advice and would prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. In the case of the House of Commons, Section 36 of the FOI Act provides an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer, Department of Resources, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or [House of Commons request email] . Please ensure that you specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make. If the decision to apply section 36 of the 2000 Act in respect of your request is upheld by a review, a certificate signed by the Speaker may be issued. This certificate would provide conclusive evidence that the exemption was required for the purpose described above.

Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj | Freedom of Information Coordinator Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service House of Commons

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Dear FOICOMMONS,

The omission of the information that I have specifically requested, "table showing that based on Scotland's GDP per capita, Scotland would occupy 7th place in the world's wealth league." inhibits my ability to vote in the upcoming referendum on Scotland's future within the United Kingdom taking into account all the available pertinent facts.

For this reason, I request an internal review of the decision.

Yours sincerely,

James McMaster

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr McMaster

Internal Review Request

Thank you for your email dated 5th July 2012 requesting an internal review of Freedom of Information request ref: F12-223, which was received by us on the same date.

We will endeavour to respond within 20 working days, i.e. on or before 2nd August 2012. However, it may be necessary to extend this deadline by another 20 working days, for example if the review is complicated and requires the assistance of multiple resources. If this is the case, and your review cannot be completed in the shorter timeframe, we will inform you of this.

If you have any queries about the review, please contact me with the reference in the subject line.

Yours sincerely

Victoria Payne
Head of Information Rights and Information Security

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr McMaster,

Thank you for your email dated 5th July 2012 requesting an internal review of Freedom of Information request ref: F12-223, which was received by us on the same date.

I am writing to let you know that it is necessary to extend this deadline by another 20 working days, due to the complexity of matters involved.

Please be assured that your request is being dealt with as a matter of priority.

I apologise for the delay.

Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj | Freedom of Information Coordinator
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service
House of Commons

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

1 Attachment

Dear Mr McMaster,

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review of our decision to withhold information under Section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely

Victoria Payne| Head of IRIS
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of Commons

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