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What to include in a response to an information request

This guidance sets out what Scottish public authorities' responses to information requests should contain to be compliant with FOISA and the EIRs.

The references in the body of the guidance are mainly to FOISA. The additional points that should be considered under the EIRs are contained in the footnotes.

This document is intended as a quick reference guide and should be read in conjunction with our other guidance on FOI law in Scotland and the Scottish Ministers' Section 60 Code of Practice [external PDF] on the Discharge of Functions by Public Authorities under FOISA and the EIRs.

Further guidance on the EIRs is available in our section on the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004. This includes guidance on how to decide whether a request is for environmental information.

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