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Commissioner welcomes Government consultation

Statement: 29 July 2010

The Scottish Government published a consultation paper yesterday (28 July 2010) on extending the Coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  The paper considers extension to the following organisations:

  • contractors who run privately managed prisons and provide prisoner escort services;
  • leisure, sport and cultural trusts and bodies used by local authorities;
  • the Glasgow Housing Association;
  • the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS);
  • contractors who build and maintain schools;
  • contractors who build and maintain hospitals; and
  • contractors who build, manage and maintain trunk roads under private finance contracts. 

The Commissioner said:

"In my response to the consultation I will be encouraging the Scottish Government to press ahead with extending the Freedom of Information Act to the contractors, trusts and other bodies which now deliver public services.  At a time when economic circumstances may affect the quality of health, education and leisure services, the public will undoubtedly have questions about spending decisions and performance.  The scope of bodies covered by freedom of information laws needs to keep pace with the changing landscape of public spending and so I generally welcome the proposals being made by the Government and will submit my formal response shortly."

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For further information contact the Commissioner's Media Team on 01334 464610, out of hours on 07976 511752, or email media@itspublicknowledge.info.

Notes to Editors:

Update:

View the Commissioner's response to Scottish Government's consultation on extending the scope of FOISA, and the Commissioner's supplementary response to the Scottish Government's consultation on extending scope of FOISA, as submitted in November 2010. 

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