Scottish Panel Declines to Expand Reach of FOI Law

10 December 2012

The Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament Dec. 5 approved a bill to amend the freedom of information law, but did not support changes urged by reformers that would extend the law to private bodies performing public functions.

The committee passed the bill on second reading, which sets up a debate in full parliament, probably in mid-January.

At that time, amendments to expand the scope of the bill to include “arms-length external organizations” are expected to be voted on.


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