Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002: 'Time for Compliance' Regulations

Closed 3 May 2016

Opened 8 Mar 2016

Results updated 30 Aug 2016

Consultation took place between March and May 2016 on Time for Compliance Regulations intended to take into account school holiday periods - in respect of grant-aided and independent special schools - when responding to FOI requests.    

The consultation response paper considers the responses made to the consultation and sets out the Government's formal response.

The Government intends to bring forward Regulations as proposed, which, subject to Parliamentary approval, will come into effect on 1 December 2016.  However, the Government also proposes to amend the Section 60 Code of Practice to emphasise the importance of responding promptly to FOI requests, irrespective of the Regulations.   

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Published responses

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This consultation arises directly from consultation in 2015 on extending coverage of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to various organisations, including grant-aided schools and independent special schools. 

The consultation sets out proposals on addressing issues of practicality for such schools by proposing to bring forward 'time for compliance' regulations to take into account school holiday periods in responding to FOI requests.   

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Why your views matter

The consultation seeks to address administrative issues raised during earlier consultation and stakeholder engagement and aims to resolve difficulties in responding to FOI requests according to current statutory timescales due to school holiday periods.  


What happens next

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the proposed Time for Compliance Regulations will come into effect on 1 December 2016. 


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