Holyrood FOI Conference 2011 - Now Booking

Friday 16 December
Quincentenary Hall, Edinburgh

Bookings are now being taken for the 2011 Holyrood FOI Conference, which will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons Quincentenary Hall in Edinburgh on Friday 16 December.

Subtitled 'A Time of Change', the conference comes at a time when there are a number of significant developments on the FOI horizon, not least the forthcoming Amendment Bill and the anticipated appointment of a new Scottish Information Commissioner in March 2012.  The conference will look forward to these developments, while also exploring the progress made in Scotland on FOI to date.       

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Brian Adam MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business
  • Kevin Dunion, Scottish Information Commissioner - delivering his final speech to conference as Commissioner
  • Lord Jim Wallace of Tankerness - one of the original architects of Scotland's FOI law 
  • Maurice Frankel, Director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information UK.

The conference will also continue the successful FOI 'Masterclass' format, with the afternoon session containing delegate masterclasses on areas including: recent developments in the relationship between FOI and Data Protection; an exploration of FOI 'best practice' emerging from the Commissioner's assessment programme; and an examination of the different considerations to be made when handling requests under FOI and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations (the EIRs).

Delegates will also have the opportunity to receive a copy of Scottish Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion's new 515-page FOI handbook 'Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice', as part of the conference package.

For more information, or to book a place, visit www.holyrood.com/foi.


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