Key milestones

Five years of greater openness
– Freedom of Information's key milestones

The Scottish public have had FOI rights for five years now. Following the launch of the legislation the public enthusiastically embraced those rights, with the level of appeals made to the Commissioner exceeding all expectations. Since 2005, the Commissioner has issued over 900 formal decisions under the Act.

These decisions have resulted in a wide range of new information being released into the public domain, including information on speed cameras, surgical mortality rates, MSP expenses, PFI/PPP contracts and planning matters.

You can track the progress and development of FOI in Scotland by clicking on the dates above.

For more information on the development of FOI in Scotland, view our Research and collaboration milestones.

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