- 8 Feb 2018
Find out how to request information from us.
See our guide to information which sets out what we publish and how it should be made available and includes our six principles of FOI.
Publication of FOI responses
We are committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests.
View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Scottish Information Commissioner intervention
In November 2017, the Scottish Information Commissioner announced an intervention to consider how the Scottish Government handles FOI requests.
Our action plan was agreed by the Commissioner in November 2018.
Further information, including correspondence with the Commissionere is also published.
Guidance for public bodies
- FOI/EIR section 60 code of practice - best practice guidance for Scottish public authorities on discharging their functions under the FOI Act and Environmental Information Regulations
- Section 61 code of practice on records management - guidance for public authorities about the keeping, management and destruction of their records
We have a range of FOI training and guidance materials for Scottish Government staff and public bodies. These are available to all on an external sharepoint site: https://foiguidance.sgworksite.org.uk/
When prompted, use the following guest log-in:
- Username: SCOTLAND\foi
- Password: Scotland1
Extension of FOI coverage
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.
Archived FOI information
If you can't find the information you are looking for check our archive of FOI content.
Freedom of Information Unit
St Andrew's House - 2W