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FOI: use of the section 5 power: 2017 report

Published: 31 Oct 2017

Update on when we have used powers to extend coverage of the Freedom of Information Act.

31 Oct 2017
FOI: use of the section 5 power: 2017 report

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA) 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.

This can be done by making an order under section 5 of FOISA, which designates those bodies as a Scottish public authority for the purposes of the legislation.

Scottish Ministers are required to lay a report before the Scottish Parliament every two years about the exercise of the section 5 order-making power.

The 2015 section 5 report can be found in our archive.


Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road