Scottish ministers claim they did not use WhatsApp during Alex Salmond Inquiry or Green negotiations

Scottish ministers have claimed they sent and received no WhatsApp or text messages during the height of the Alex Salmond inquiry and while negotiating the SNP’s coalition deal with the Scottish Greens.

The claim comes in a response to two Freedom of Information requests to the Scottish Government asking for any messages sent or received by ministers during the months of March and August this year.

Officials claimed they did not hold the information because no relevant messages exist.