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Dear National Records of Scotland,

I would like to know the total number of deaths each year as a result of suicide in
Scotland from 2011 to 2021 (to date)

Yours faithfully,

Laura Stirling

National Records of Scotland

Dear Laura Stirling,

Thank you for your request dated 13 June 2021 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requesting the total number of deaths each year as a result of suicide in Scotland from 2011 to 2021.

We received your request on 14 June 2021 and will respond in accordance with FOISA by 12 July 2021.

If you have any queries, please contact the NRS FOI Team quoting case number 202100213100.

NRS FOI Team
14 June 2021

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Dear Laura Stirling,

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

Regards,

NRS FOI Team
18 June 2021

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Dear National Records of Scotland,

I had asked for the records up 2021 (to date).

I have only received the information up to 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Laura Stirling

National Records of Scotland

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Dear Laura Stirling,

As per our response of 18 June 2021 we are unable to provide the
information you have requested for 2020 and 2021 because exemptions under
sections 27(1) (information held with a view to publication) and section
17(1) (information not held) of FOISA apply to that information. The
reasons why these exemptions apply were explained in the Annex to the
letter but are included here for ease of reference:

Section 27(1) – information intended for future publication

An exemption under section 27(1) (Information held with a view to
publication) of FOISA applies to the data you have requested for 2020.

We plan to publish suicide statistics for 2020 in August 2021. As this is
within 12 weeks of the date of your request, it falls under section 27(1).
We consider that it is reasonable to withhold the information until this
date, rather than release the information before the planned publication
dates.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking
account of all the circumstances, 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. We recognise that
there is a public interest in release and this will be met by our planned
public release. In the meantime, there is a greater public interest in
taking the time necessary to ensure the information has been finalised
first and then collated and checked before it is made available as planned

Section 17(1) – information not held

An exemption under section 17(1) (information not held) of FOISA applies
to the data you have requested for 2021.

Suicide statistics for 2021 will not be published until June 2022. We rely
on information from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
following their investigations into deaths from unknown causes. This can
take a number of months to come through. We therefore do not yet have the
information required to answer your request.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that National Records
of Scotland does not have the information you have requested.

Regards,

NRS FOI Team

21 June 2021

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