Rule v Scottish Ministers: SIC 12 Sep 2013

Scotland’s status within NATO – On 25 October 2012, Mr Rule asked the Scottish Ministers (the Ministers) for information regarding Scotland’s status within NATO, or any application to join NATO, should Scotland choose to break away from the United Kingdom. The Ministers provided links to information they considered reasonably obtainable and withheld other information under exemptions in FOISA, including that relating to the formulation or development of government policy.
Following an investigation, the Commissioner found that the Ministers had been entitled to withhold the information as information relating to the formulation of Scottish government policy.

[2013] ScotIC 198 – 2013


Updated: 21 November 2021; Ref: scu.516079