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Scottish public authorities listed in Schedule 1 of the FOI Act


The FOI Act contains a list of most of the types of Scottish public authorities that must respond to information requests. This is in Schedule 1 of the FOI Act. You can download a list of Schedule 1 organisations below:


PDF icon  Who is covered by FOI Legislation in Scotland? (Schedule 1 to the Act)


We also publish downloadable lists of individual Scottish public authorities, with their contact details, below.


PDF icon List of Scottish Public Authorities (PDF format)


Excel File icon List of Scottish Public Authorities (Excel)


Excel File List of Registered Social Landlords and Subsidiaries (Excel)



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In summary, Scottish public authorities include:


Scottish public authorities covered by the Act What does this include?
The Scottish Ministers The Scottish Government, including Scottish members of the civil service, and government agencies such as Scottish Prison Service.
The Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body(SPCB)

The Scottish Parliament, and the organisation which runs it. 

Individual members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and their political parties are not covered

Non-Ministerial Office Holders These are named in Schedule 1 and include  small government bodies including inspectorates, such as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, and the Chief Medical Officer. 

Local Government

Local authorities (councils) for all their functions, including education, social services, environmental services, etc.

Local authority joint boards, licensing boards and Assessors.

The National Health Service All Scottish NHS Boards (which run most Scottish hospitals).  Individual health practitioners, including GPs, dentists, pharmacists and ophthalmologists, are covered in relation to their NHS work.

Educational Institutions

Scottish universities and colleges

Police The Police Service of Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority which provides support services e.g. forensic services.

Other public authorities, including national bodies such as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Non-Departmental Public Bodies; regulatory bodies, commissioners and ombudsmen 


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