18 Sep 2012
The number of Freedom of Information appeals relating to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament has risen by 13 per cent over the past year, a report has found.
The Scottish Information Commissioner added the overall number of FoI requests had increased by almost a quarter in that timeframe.
The timing of the report comes as the Scottish Government prepares to fight the Information Commissioner in court over the release of information relating to whether or not legal advice has been sought on a separate Scotland’s automatic entry into the EU.
Scottish Conservative finance spokesman Gavin Brown MSP said:
“This report raises some fundamental questions about the SNP’s attitude towards Freedom of Information.
“It’s important the Scottish Government looks at this issue more carefully and tell us what it intends to do to improve the situation.
“The most obvious example of all this is the determination to take all the way to court its refusal to reveal whether or not it has sought legal advice on a separate Scotland’s entry to the EU.”