Our next steps
As noted earlier in this paper, this consultation exercise has taken place concurrently with post-legislative scrutiny of FOISA undertaken by the Scottish Parliament's Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee. We intend to consider the responses to this consultation together with the evidence on extension given to the Committee, and in light of any recommendations the Committee may make about extension.
It is our intention therefore to produce a paper setting out our proposed approach to the use of the Scottish Ministers' section 5 powers in spring 2020.
Ultimately, as required by FOISA, any proposed section 5 order to extend the Act to new organisations will be subject to further, targeted consultation with the affected organisations, and with the wider public.