|The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland|
Press release: 12 November 2012
Parliament urged to back Finance Committee over Freedom of Information
The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) today (Monday) urged the Scottish Parliament to back the Stage 1 Report produced by its Finance Committee, criticising the Scottish Government's Freedom of Information (Scotland) Amendment Bill. The Committee called for the proposed 'absolute' exemption for correspondence with the Monarch and her heirs to be dropped, and for amendments to be introduced to ensure FOI rights extend to public services provided by private, voluntary and arms-length bodies.
The CFoIS wants the Scottish Government to heed the findings of the SNP-dominated committee. Carole Ewart, Co-Convener of the CFoIS, said:
Dave Watson, Head of Bargaining and Campaigns for UNISON Scotland said:
The CFoIS and UNISONScotland are running a briefing in the Scottish Parliament on 14 November, the day before the the full Parliamentary debate. The meeting will be chaired by Willie Rennie MSP, and addressed by Carole Ewart of the CFoIS and Dave Watson, Head of Bargaining and Campaigns for UNISON Scotland.
For Further Information contact:
Carole Ewart (Co-Convener - Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland)
Note to editors:
A copy of the briefing sent to MSPs in advance of the debate is available on the CFOIS website at http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/foisa(amendment)billstage1brief.pdf