Freedom of Information extension of coverage

Closes 3 Dec 2019

Opened 30 Aug 2019


This consultation will help the Scottish Government to understand whether there is a need to extend the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to further entities by making an order under section 5 of the Act.

It focuses on organisations that provide services on behalf of the public sector that are not currently subject to the FOI legislation.

Why We Are Consulting

In June 2018, the Scottish Parliament agreed the Scottish Government should consult on proposals to further extend coverage of Scotland’s freedom of information legislation, for example, to companies providing services on behalf of the public sector.

The Scottish Government subsequently included a commitment to consult on extension in its Programme for Government 2018-19.

This consultation seeks to establish the potential range of persons who may be identified as providing services on behalf of a Scottish public authority and to inform how the Ministers might prioritise designating them.

Read the consultation paper. 

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  • Public Sector