Which bodies are covered by the EIRs?
The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations (the EIRs) define a 'Scottish public authority' in Regulation 2. All bodies covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 are also covered by the EIRs. This includes all bodies listed in Schedule 1 of FOISA plus any bodies designated under Section 5 of FOISA. In addition, however, other bodies may be covered by the EIRs, including:
- any other Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved functions (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998); and
- any other person who is neither a public body nor the holder of a public office and who is under the control of a person or body which is either covered by FOISA or which is a Scottish public authority with mixed or no reserved functions and:
(i) has public responsibilities relating to the environment;
(ii) exercises functions of a public nature relating to the environment; or
(iii) provides public services relating to the environment.
The Commissioner's guidance on the bodies covered by the EIRs can be viewed here:
Which bodies are covered by the EIRs? (pdf - 132kb)
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