Requests which are too general - Regulation 10(4)(c)

The main points

  • Regulation 10(4)(c) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (the EIRs) allows a Scottish public authority to refuse to make information available if:
    • the request is formulated in too general a manner and
    • the authority has asked the requester to provide more particulars about the request and
    • the authority has assisted the requester in providing more particulars.
  • In common with other exceptions in the EIRs:
    • the exception is subject to the public interest test in regulation 10(1). This means that, even if the exception applies, the information should still be disclosed unless the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in making it available.
    • the exception can be relied on regardless of the age of the information.

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EIR Briefing - Regulation 10(4)(c): Requests which are too general

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