MSPs review freedom of information laws following concerns

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A Holyrood committee is scrutinising freedom of information legislation introduced in 2002 after a “number of concerns” were raised.

The Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee took evidence from Scottish Information Commissioner Daren Fitzhenry on Thursday.

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act was shortlisted in 2017 as an Act the committee wished to consider for post-legislative scrutiny.

In a round-table session held with stakeholders in March last year, the committee heard that concerns over the legislation include a lack of information being provided proactively, unnecessary secrecy in Government, and the use of stalling tactics in providing information.

The committee is now asking for further views on the legislation to be submitted.

Convener Jenny Marra said: “Stakeholders have told the committee that they have a number of concerns about the scope of the Freedom of Information Act and compliance with it.

“Our committee will examine the Act and will take evidence from a wide range of groups on how freedom of information can be strengthened and modernised to improve transparency in our public services.”

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