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In Scotland we operate as the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (which is part of the Campaign for Freedom of Information). For further information, contact either of the CFOIinS's co-conveners, who are based in Glasgow: Carole Ewart or Derek Manson-Smith. Or write to CFOIinS at 6A Park Circus Place, Glasgow G3 6AN.

The Freedom of Information  (Scotland) Act was passed on 28 May 2002 and came fully into force on 1 January 2005.

This page contains links to the Campaign's publications on the FOI (Scotland) Act and the proposals which preceded it. You may also want to visit the Scottish Government's FOI page or the Scottish Information Commissioner's site.

The Campaign is providing a half-day training course on Scottish Information Commissioner Decisions in Glasgow on 26 February 2013. The course is aimed at FOI practitioners and those with a good working knowledge of the legislation. It highlights the latest developments in the way the exemptions, public interest test and the legislation's procedural requirements are being interpreted. The course is presented by the Campaign's director, Maurice Frankel, who has worked in the field for 27 years. It will cover the most significant decisions issued since our last course in March 2012.

 

 

 

Campaign's publications

   
-> Press release 15 October 2013
  FOI database compilation shows need for standards
   
-> Press release 3 September 2013
  Increased FOI coverage 'misses most outsourced bodies'
   
-> (Draft) Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Designation of Persons as Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2013
  Briefing for MSPs for consideration of the draft Order by the Local Government and Regeneration Committee on 4 September 2013.
   
-> Press release 1 April 2013
  Impact of easier 'vexatious' clause on FOI requests must be watched.
   
-> Press release 14 January 2013
  Scottish Parliament has key opportunity to boost Freedom of Information.
   
-> Human Rights and the Right to Know
  Supplementary briefing on for MSPs on human rights and the public's right to know, for stage 3 of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on 16th January 2013.
   
-> Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - stage 3 briefing
  Briefing for MSPs for stage 3 of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on 16th January 2013. 14 January 2013
   
-> Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - stage 2 briefing
  Briefing for MSPs on the Finance Committee for stage 2 of of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on 5th December 2012. 30 November 2012
   
-> Press release 12 November 2012
  Parliament urged to back Finance Committee over Freedom of Information. 12 November 2012
   
-> Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - stage 1 briefing
  Briefing for MSPs for the stage 1 debate on the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on 15th November 2012. 9 November 2012
   
-> Uncovered! Bodies outwith Freedom of Information legislation in Scotland
  Briefing setting out the case for arm's-length external organisations and other bodies such as registered social landlords to be covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. 12 November 2012
   
-> Press release 2 November 2012
  Scottish Government must have courage to reform Freedom of Information law. 2 November 2012
   
-> Press release 11 September 2012
  Take initiative to reform Freedom of Information law, Parliament will be told. 11 September 2012
   
-> Press release 4 August 2012
  Freedom of Information coverage must be brought up to date, says Campaign. 4 August 2012
   
-> Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - stage 1 response
  The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland has submitted evidence to the Finance Committee for its stage 1 consideration of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. 5 August 2012
   
-> Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - briefing for MSPs and voluntary organisations
  Initial briefing on the Scottish Government's Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was prepared for MSPs and voluntary organisations. 26 June 2012
   
-> Freedom of Information 'reform' is too limited
  This article on the Scottish Government's Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was published by The Scotsman on 7 June 2012.
   
-> Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - consultation response
  Response to the consultation on the Scottish Government's proposals for a Freedom of Informtion (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. 14 March 2012
   
-> Press release 25 September 2011
  On International Right to Know Day, the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland and other organisations are calling on the Scottish Government to extend people's information rights. The Campaign welcomed the inclusion of a Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill in the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2011-2012 which is 'Intended to add strength and clarity to the existing legislation'. The Campaign said this aim would only be achieved by a comprehensive extension of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, so that people have equal rights to information irrespective of whether public services are being delivered by the public, voluntary or private sectors. It also warned against the introductions of restrictions to the legislation, such as charges for information or allowing authorities to refuse more requests on cost grounds.
   
-> Press release 3 May 2011
  The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland is urging all candidates in the Holyrood elections to commit themselves to improving and extending Scotland's Freedom of Information Act and oppose any attempts to restrict the legislation. The Campaign has published a Manifesto and is seeking assurances from candidates that they will support this agenda if elected.
   
-> Press release 27 January 2011
  Campaign "disappointed and astonished" at Scottish Government's freedom of information "retreat".
   
-> Response to the Scottish Government's consultation on extending the coverage of the FOI (Scotland) Act
  The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on extending the coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. 2 November 2010
   
-> Response to the Scottish Government's consultation on a revised FOI good practice code
  The Campaign for Freedom of Information has responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on revising itscode of practice under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. The response expresses concern that the draft code's approach to requests which are phrased in terms of 'documents' rather than 'information' is restrictive and undermines the Scottish Information Commissioner's guidance on this issue. It suggests that the guidance on the provision of advice and assistance could be strengthened; that the loss of specific Scottish Government guidance on the EIRs may have unintended consequences; that the draft may lead to confusion between the FOISA exemptions for breach of confidence and substantial prejudice to commercial interests. It also says authorities should not be entitled to ignore a request for internal review which has not been madr to a designated person. 18 May 2010
   
-> Extending the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
  Response to the Scottish Government's discussion paper on the possible extension in coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. 23 February 2009
   
-> Press release 15 March 2007
  This press release welcomes the Scottish Executive's decision not to follow the UK in restricting freedom of information.
   
-> One Year On - the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 884 kb
  Response to the Scottish Executive's review of the Act after the first year. 8 May 2006
   
-> Finance Committee Submission 876 kb
  Submission to an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee which is looking at the role of various regulators including the Scottish Information Commissioner. 8 May 2006
   
-> Short guide to the FOI Act and other access rights
  The Campaign has produced a users' guide to the Freedom of Information Act, Environmental Information Regulations and new rights to see personal information about you held by public authorities. The guide covers both the UK and Scottish legislation. More detailed guides on the exemptions and the public interest test will be published shortly. If you would like to be informed when these become available, send an email to admin@cfoi.demon.co.uk asking to join our 'CFOI Updates' mailing list.
   
-> Environmental Information in Scotland 456 kb
  This response to the Scottish Executive's consultation on the draft Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations, expresses concern at the potentially high fees and points out that it will be easier for authorities to withhold environmental information than other information.
   
-> Comments on the SIC's draft publication scheme 304 kb
  Response to the consultation on the Scottish Information Commissioner's draft publication scheme. 18 June 2004
   
-> Fees response   314 kb
  Response to the Scottish Executive's consultation on the fees that can be charged for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. 1 June 2004
   
-> Section 60 code response    400 kb
  Response to the Scottish Executive's consultation on the code of practice to be issued under section 60 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act providing guidance to public authorities on best practice. November 2003
   
-> FOI "needs higher profile"
 
Press release warning that Scottish public authorities need to do more to prepare for the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act.  26 September 2003
   
-> Briefing for stage 3 debate    168 kb
  This briefing for MSPs highlights the key amendments tabled for Stage 3 of the FOI (Scotland) Bill on 24 April 2002. See below for a link to the Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 3.   23 April 2002
   
-> Last chance to improve the Freedom of Information Bill
  The FOI (Scotland) Bill is an improvement on the UK FOI Act, but it still contains important loopholes. This leaflet urges MSPs to improve the Bill during it's final stage in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 24 April.   23 April 2002
   
-> The 'policy formulation' exemption    200 kb
  This briefing produced for Stage 2 of the FOI (Scotland) Bill encourages MSPs to support two key amendments to section 29 (Formulation of Scottish Administration policy). In particular, the Campaign urges MSPs to support Amendment 72 which would bring the Bill into line with the Irish and Australian FOI Acts, both of which prevent factual information from being withheld under the corresponding exemption.  26 February 2002
   
-> Letter to MSPs for stage 2
  Letter to MSPs highlighting those amendments tabled for the Stage 2 proceedings of the FOI (Scotland) Bill that the Campaign particularly supports. See below for a link to the 1st Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2.   5 February 2002
   
-> Briefing for stage 1 debate    176 kb
  This briefing for MSPs was produced for the Stage 1 Debate of the FOI (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 17 January 2002. See below for a link to the Official Report of the Debate.  18 January 2002
   
-> Campaign warns about ministers' 'disclosure veto'
  Press release responding to the report of the Scottish Parliament's Justice 1 Committee on the FOI (Scotland) Bill.  11 January 2002
   
-> The ministerial veto overseas    184 kb
  This paper describes oversesas experience with a ministerial veto in some FOI laws. It was submitted to the Justice 1 Committee which is considering the the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill.  8 January 2002
   
-> Oral evidence to Justice Committee 1
  David Goldberg, Co-convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland, and Maurice Frankel, Director of the Campaign, gave oral evidence on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill to Justice Committee 1 of the Scottish Parliament on 27 November 2001.   6 December 2001
   
-> Evidence to Justice Committee 1    188 kb
  Written evidence to the Justice Committee 1 of the Scottish Parliament on the FOI Bill.   30 November 2001
   
-> Scotland's FOI Bill welcome - but improvements still needed
  Press release on the publication by the Scottish Executive of a Freedom of Information Bill.  28 September 2001
   
-> Supplementary submission on draft FOI Bill
  Letter expressing concern at an exemption for investigations into deaths contained in the draft Scottish FOI Bill.  26 June 2001
   
-> Seminar on the draft FOI Bill   48 kb
  Report of a seminar on the consumer perspective on the draft Bill held in Glasgow on 30 March 2001. Organised by the Campaign and the Scottish Consumer Council.  6 April 2001
   
-> Response to consultation on the draft FOI Bill   192 kb
  The Campaign's response to Scottish Executive's consultation on the draft Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill. The response was also prepared for a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the draft Bill.  14 March 2001
   
-> Scottish information bill welcomed - with reservations
  Press release welcoming the Scottish Executive's draft FOI bill, while expressing concern over some broad exemptions, the existence of a ministerial veto and the potential for high charges for information.  1 March 2001
   
-> Response to consultation on Freedom of Information   156 kb
  The Campaign's response to the Scottish Executive's consultation on proposals for a Scottish Freedom of Information Act (An Open Scotland). It welcomes the fact that some aspects of the Scottish Executive's proposals go significantly beyond the Westminster government's flawed Bill, but calls for improvements in other areas.  2 May 2000
   
-> Evidence to Scottish Justice and Home Affairs Committee
  David Goldberg, the Co-convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland, gave oral evidence on the Scottish Executive's proposals for freedom of information legislation to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 16 February 2000.
   
-> Scotland overtakes UK on FOI
  Campaign press release welcoming the fact that the Scottish Executive's proposals on FOI reject key elements of the flawed UK Bill.  25 November 1999
   

Links to official publications

   
-> Official Report Stage 3 debate
  Official Report of the Stage 3 Debate of the FOI (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 24 April 2002. 
   
-> Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 3    57 kb
   
-> The FOI (Scotland) Bill as amended at stage 2
   
-> Official Report Day 4 Stage 2 proceedings
  Official Report of Day 4 of the Stage 2 proceedings of the FOI (Scotland) Bill on 5 March 2002. The Committee discussed sections 45 to 73 of the Bill during this session. This link will open in a new window.
   
-> 4th Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2    40 kb
   
-> Official Report Day 3 Stage 2 proceedings
  Official Report of Day 3 of the Stage 2 proceedings of the FOI (Scotland) Bill on 26 February 2002. The Committee discussed sections 29 to 44 of the Bill during this session. This link will open in a new window.
   
-> 3rd Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2    76 kb
   
-> Official Report Day 2 Stage 2 proceedings
  Official Report of Day 2 of the Stage 2 proceedings of the FOI (Scotland) Bill on 12 February 2002. The Committee discussed sections 10, 11 and 14 to 28 of the Bill during this session. This link will open in a new window.
   
-> 2nd Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2    90 kb
   
-> Official Report Day 1 Stage 2 proceedings
  Official Report of Day 1 of the Stage 2 proceedings of the FOI (Scotland) Bill on 5 February 2002. The Committee discussed sections 1 to 8 and schedule 1 of the Bill during this session. This link will open in a new window.
   
-> 1st Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2    84 kb
   
-> Stage 1 Debate
  Official Report of the Stage 1 Debate of the FOI (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 17 January 2002.  This link will open in a new window.
   
-> The Scottish Executive's FOI Bill
  The FOI Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 27 September 2001.
   
-> Scottish Parliament's debate on the draft FOI Bill
  Members of the Scottish Parliament debated the Executive's draft FOI Bill on 15 March 2001.  This link will open in a new window.
   
-> Scottish Executive's draft Freedom of Information Bill   608 kb
  The Scottish Executive's consultation document and draft Freedom of Information Bill. Alternatively, you can read these on the Executive's website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/government/dfib-00.asp.  1 March 2001
   
-> Summary of responses to An Open Scotland   88 kb
  Scottish Executive document summarising the results of the consultation on its FOI proposals.  May 2000
   
-> 'An Open Scotland'
  The Scottish Executive's proposals for a Freedom of Information Act are set out in this consultation document published in November 1999. (The link above will take you to the Scottish Executive's website.)
   
-> The Deputy First Minister's statement on FOI to the Scottish Parliament
  Statement by Jim Wallace MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice, promising a Scottish Freedom of Information Act.  23 June 1999
   

Miscellaneous

   
-> Code of Practice on Access to Scottish Executive Information   56 kb
  Text of the Scottish Executive's open government code of practice. This promises to provide, subject to certain exemptions, information on request from those bodies subject to the remit of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.
   
-> Operation of the Scottish open government code   48 kb
  Report on the operation of the Scottish open government code of practice in 2000.  14 March 2001
   
-> Scottish Parliamentary Answers on Freedom of Information
  Some written questions and answers from the Scottish Parliament on the progress towards Freedom of Information in Scotland.  19 September 2000
   

 


 

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