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Commissioner welcomes Minister's announcement

Cover of the printed version of the ActPress statement: 30 June 2008

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion, welcomes the Scottish Ministers' decision, announced today, to explore issues around extending the coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and in particular whether to designate registered social landlords, local authority trusts and contractors who provide public services that are a function of a public authority.

Mr Dunion said "I have already written to the Minister to encourage such measures, which in my view are needed to protect and extend the public's rights to access information in the face of changes to public service delivery.  I am pleased that Ministers have chosen to explore designation issues further, and I will support the work of the Government in taking this review forward."

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For further information contact the Commissioner's Media Team on 01334 464610, out of hours, 07976 511752.


Notes to Editors

  • The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides individuals and organisations with a right of access to the information held by Scottish public authorities.
  • Over 10,000 Scottish public authorities are currently covered by the Act, including the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, all 32 Scottish local authorities, the NHS, the Police and educational institutions.
  • The Commissioner called for Ministers to review coverage of FOISA at the 2007 Holyrood FOI Conference.  Click here for more details.

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