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8th Annual Holyrood FOI Conference

The Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh 

15 December 2010


The Commissioner is supporting the 8th Annual Freedom of Information Conference, organised by Holyrood Conferences in December 2010.

"The case for openness and transparency"

Scotland's Freedom of Information legislation is now in its sixth year and as Scotland enters unchartered waters both financially and politically, this conference will look at what this means for FOI in Scotland.  What impact will spending cuts have on Scotland's FOI regime, and the ability of public authorities to meet their statutory obligations?  How can public authorities work more efficiently to embrace a culture of openness while minimising the impact on their resources?  Do economically straitened times actually strengthen the case for greater openness and transparency?  And as the Scottish Government considers bringing more organisations within the scope of the FOI Act, how might any newly-designated bodies get it right, first time?

Keynote speakers  

  • Kevin Dunion, Scottish Information Commissioner
  • Lord Tom McNally, UK Minister for Justice
  • Bruce Crawford, Minister of Parliamentary Business, Scottish Government
  • Emily O'Reilly, Irish Ombudsman and Information Commissioner
  • Ben Worthy, Research Associate, Freedom of Information and Data Protection, The Constitution Unit, University College London     

Continuing Professional Development 

This year's delegates will attend up to 4 practical workshops.  The workshops are designed to help practitioners develop skills and knowledge to help them improve FOI practice, and to help potential requesters of the Act to make the most effective use of their FOI right.

Who would be interested in attending?

The conference should be particularly useful to FOI and DP practitioners, voluntary sector or campaign bodies, the media, information governance and policy-makers, members of the legal profession and academics.

Finding our more

Holyrood Conferences has launched a dedicated conference website at  Visit the site to keep up to date with programme updates, speaker biographies, and to book spaces online.

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