Request for Basis of Decision Regarding Current Services National Records Scotland

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Dear National Records of Scotland,

I am 67 years old and have discovered in the last few weeks that I was adopted in Scotland in 1953. I am told that I cannot currently have access to my birth records and further I cannot be issued with the form that I have to complete to request this information. The reason given is that services are restricted because of the pandemic. Services are available to academics who have urgent need in order to complete research. I wish to know on what basis I am denied access to my birth record. Why have academic needs been prioritised over my urgent need to have access to my birth records? Given my age and the age of any surviving birth parent time is of the essence for me.

Yours faithfully,

BRYAN FORBES

National Records of Scotland

Dear Bryan Forbes,

Thank you for your request dated 12 May 2021 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requesting the basis of the decision to reopen current services to academics and denying you access to your birth record.

We received your request on 12 May 2021 and will respond in accordance with FOISA by 10 June 2021.

If you have any queries, please contact the NRS FOI Team quoting case number 202100201111.

NRS FOI Team
12 May 2021

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Dear Bryan Forbes,

Please find attached the response from National Records of Scotland to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Regards,

NRS FOI Team
7 June 2021

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