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"A person who requests information from a Scottish public authority which holds it is entitled to be given it by the authority."
Freedom Of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

 


 

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Find out the main differences between the equivalent UK legislation, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 in our comparative table:

Comparative Table: Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002


Section 60/62 Code of Practice: Discharge of functions under the Act and the EIRs

The Scottish Ministers have issued a Code of Practice that provides guidance to Scottish public authorities. It describes the desired practice that authorities should follow in discharging their functions under the Act and the EIRs. 

Prior to December 2010, there was a separate Code of Practice for EIRs, issued under section 62 of the Act.  However, the revised code covers both the Act and the EIRs. It is available in pdf format on the Scottish Government's website:

Section 60/62 Code of Practice

Further guidance on dealing with requests for environmental information can also be found here.


Section 61 Code of Practice: Records Management

Scottish Ministers have also issued a code of practice providing guidance to Scottish public authorities about the keeping, management and destruction of the authorities' records. It is available in pdf format on the Scottish Government's website:

Section 61 Code of Practice

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 requires named public authorities to have in place a records management plan agreed by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland. You can view the Keeper's model plan and supporting guidance on the National Records of Scotland website


 

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