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Scottish Ministers’ Code of Practice on the Discharge of Functions by Public Authorities Under the Freedom of Information (SCOTLAND) Act 2002

Descriptionbest practice guidance for public authorities on complying with the FOI (Scotland) Act
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Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateSeptember 06, 2004

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SCOTTISH MINISTERS' CODE OF PRACTICE ON THE DISCHARGE OF FUNCTIONS BY PUBLIC AUTHORITIES UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

Laid before the Scottish Parliament on 6th September 2004
pursuant to section 60(5) of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
Prepared in consultation with the Scottish Information Commissioner

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Paragraph

PART I - General

Main Features of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

1

Duty to provide advice and assistance

2-6

Means of providing information - equality issues

7- 9

Publication Schemes

10-12

Copyright

13-14

Training

15-16

PART II

Provision of advice to persons making requests for information

17-22

Vexatious requests

23-24

Repeated requests

25-26

Timeliness in dealing with requests

27

Handling multiple requests for information or requests which appear to be part of an organised campaign

28-29

Transferring requests for information

30-34

Information provided in confidence

35

What is confidentiality?

36-40

Public sector contracts

41-49

EU Procurement Regulations

50

Designation as Scottish Public Authority

51

Accepting information in confidence from third parties

52

Consultation with the UK Government and non-devolved public bodies

53

Personal data

54

Environmental Information Regulations

55-57

Information intended for future publication

58

Fees for the provision of information

59-61

Monitoring

62

PART III

Requirement for review

63-70

Refusal of request

71

Substantial prejudice

72

Public interest

73-75

Enforcement of the Code

76-79

Availability

Annex 1 Other relevant Acts and Guidance Documents
Annex 2 The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Annex 3 Guidance on Charging Fees