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FOI Reporting

This page provides links to reports created by the Scottish Government about its internal handling of Freedom of Information requests.

Annual Reports

Quarterly Statistics Bulletin

Request Summaries

A list of the requests made to the Scottish Government, broken down by year, is available below. This includes a summary of each question asked and the outcome. It should be noted that the names of private individuals and their addresses have been removed as they constitute the personal data of a third party and disclosure would contravene one or more of the data protection principles. As such, they are exempt under section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Personal information, and replaced with [name] & [address].

Information released in response to requests, which is considered to be of a wider public interest, is published on the relevant topic page on the SG website, with a link in the Recent Disclosures page.

Implementation in the Government

Freedom of Information Cost Report

A report on the estimated costs of handling requests, reviews and appeals under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations is available here.

This report follows research undertaken on the time taken by officials to process requests, reviews and appeals. It also includes related central FoI Unit costs. Using the results from the research and annual figures from the Information Request Tracker (also contained in the annual report) estimates can be made of the costs of handling request, reviews and appeals in 2011.

The 2009 cost report can be found here.