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Consultation on further extension of coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to more organisations

Consultation on further extension of coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to more organisations

Friday, June 12, 2015

ISBN: 9781785444548

A consultation paper seeking views on the Scottish Government's proposals to extend coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to contractors who run privately-managed prisons; providers of secure accommodation for children; grant-aided schools, and independent special schools.

Executive Summary

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides a statutory right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities.

 

The provisions of the Act can be extended to bodies that carry out functions of a public nature or which provide, under a contract with a Scottish public authority, a service which is a function of that authority.

 

The Scottish Government has previously extended coverage of the Act to include a range of local authority arm's length organisations delivering sporting, cultural and leisure services.

 

The Government is now consulting on further extension of coverage - to contractors who run privately-managed prisons; providers of secure accommodation for children; grant-aided schools, and independent special schools.