Information on the decision process with regards to the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland

Claire Collier made this Freedom of Information request to Scottish Government

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The request was successful.

Dear Scottish Government,

Can you please supply me with details of the decision making process which the application for a trial reintroduction of beavers to Scotland went through with regards to both the rejected application (application dated January 2002, decision from the Scottish Government dated September 2005) as well as the same for the successful application (application dated December 2007, decision dated May 2008).

Yours faithfully,

Claire Collier

Scottish Government

Dear Ms Collier
Thank you for your request dated 26 February 2017 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for any information not currently
in the public domain which was used by the Scottish Government in order to
reach the decision to reject the application for a trial reintroduction of
beavers to Scotland (application dated January 2002, decision from the
Scottish Government dated September 2005) as well as the same for the
successful application (application dated December 2007, decision dated
May 2008). 
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.
We received your request on 27 February 2017 and will respond in
accordance with the EIRs by 27 March 2017.
If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FOI/17/00460.
Yours sincerely
 
John Gray
Wildlife Management Team
Natural Resources Division
Directorate for Environment and Forestry
The Scottish Government
3-G South
Victoria Quay
Leith
EH6 6QQ
Tel. 0131-244-0728
[email address]
 
 
 

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Scottish Government

Dear Ms Collier
Thank you for your request dated 26 February 2017 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for details of the decision making
process which the application for a trial reintroduction of beavers to
Scotland went through with regards to both the rejected application
(application dated January 2002, decision from the Scottish Government
dated September 2005) as well as the same for the successful application
(application dated December 2007, decision dated May 2008). 
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.
We received your request on 27 February 2017 and will respond in
accordance with the EIRs by 27 March 2017.
If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FOI/17/00461.
Yours sincerely
 
John Gray
Wildlife Management Team
Natural Resources Division
Directorate for Environment and Forestry
The Scottish Government
3-G South
Victoria Quay
Leith
EH6 6QQ
Tel. 0131-244-0728
[email address]
 
 
 

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Scottish Government

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Dear Ms Collier

Please see the attached documents in relation to your FOI request below.

Yours sincerely

John Gray
Wildlife Management Team
Natural Resources Division
Directorate for Environment and Forestry
The Scottish Government
3-G South
Victoria Quay
Leith
EH6 6QQ
Tel. 0131-244-0728

[email address]

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