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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18641: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-17695 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 10 August 2018, which stated that the Scottish Government would not publish its Special Customer Records policy as “the security of Special Customer Records is paramount”, and further to its response to FOI requests 18/02151 to 53 on 3 September 2018, which stated that the policy could not be published as “releasing information about this may undermine or constrain the Government’s view on that policy while it is still under discussion and development”, whether it will clarify its position and confirm whether once the policy is agreed it will be published.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 18 September 2018

Our intention is not to publish the detailed guidance on Social Security Scotland's approach to Special Customer Records. This is because doing so may compromise the safety and security of the people who these records are designed to protect.