Extension of coverage of FoIA

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Designation of Persons as Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2016, S.I. 2016/139, extends, in Scotland, the coverage of freedom of information legislation. It does so in two ways. First, it designates certain bodies as public authorities for this purpose.  These are (i) grant-aided schools, (ii) independent special schools, (iii) providers of secure accommodation, and (iv) Scottish Health Innovations Ltd, an organisation that exists to facilitate the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from the staff of NHS Scotland. Second, the Order designates persons who provide, under a contract with Scottish Ministers, services relating to the provision and running of prisons.

James Goudie QC