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Commissioner reappointed

Kevin Dunion News release: 28 January 2008

Kevin Dunion, the Scottish Information Commissioner, has been reappointed for a further four years.

On Thursday 24 January, the Scottish Parliament backed, by assent, a motion to nominate Mr Dunion to HM The Queen for reappointment.  This followed a rigorous reappointment process which included an independent assessment and a panel interview with the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) in early January.

Proposing the motion to reappoint Mr Dunion, SPCB member Mike Pringle MSP said that the Commissioner "had never shied away from difficult decisions" and added that "Scotland's freedom of information legislation is held in high regard throughout the world, largely because of Kevin Dunion's work."

Following the vote, Kevin Dunion said: "In my first five years in post I have relished the challenge of interpreting the freedom of information legislation and ensuring information was released.  I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on what has been achieved so far.  We need to ensure that where public services are being delivered, all parts of our society are confident about their rights to access information. In that way Scotland will further enhance its progressive reputation."

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For further information contact Sue Gemmell or Paul Mutch on 01334 464610, out of hours, 07976 511752.

Notes to Editors:

  • The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the promotion and enforcement of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
  • The Commissioner is an independent public official appointed by HM The Queen on the nomination of the Scottish Parliament.
  • He/she decides appeals from the public about the way that Scottish public authorities have responded to information requests, and promotes the Act to the public.
  • Kevin Dunion OBE was appointed as the first Scottish Information Commissioner in December 2002, for a fixed period of 5 years.  He took up his post in February 2003.
  • In his first five years Kevin received over 1,500 appeals and issued over 550 decisions, including high profile decisions on matters of sensitivity such as the release of surgical mortality rates for all surgeons in Scotland; sex offender statistics; and an entire PFI/PPP contract.
  • Before becoming the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kevin was for many years a prominent campaigner for freedom of information and environmental justice.
  • The motion to Scottish Parliament on 24 January to reappoint Kevin Dunion was backed by assent.  The reappointment will be for a period of 4 years to 23 February 2012.
  • This will be the Commissioner's second and final term as the FOI Act anticipates a third term only in exceptional circumstances.

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