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Publicly-owned companies are also subject to the FOI Act and must respond to requests for information that they hold. 


The definition of a publicly owned company is one which is completely owned by one or more Scottish public authorities. This is set out in Section 6 of the FOI Act.


There is no definitive list of publicly-owned companies. If you are unsure whether a company is "publicly-owned", you can contact us for advice.  Otherwise, contact the company directly and ask them. Here are some examples of publicly-owned companies:

  • Caledonian MacBrayne Limited, or Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), and associated companies, which are wholly owned by the Scottish Ministers 
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Prestwick Airport
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • Glasgow Life (also known as Culture and Sport Glasgow), which is wholly owned by Glasgow City Council
  • Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL)    

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