The Scottish Government has announced the start of a formal consultation into the possible extension of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). The consultation started on 30 June 2010, more than six months after the Scottish Government confirmed that it would hold a consultation, and will be open until 24 September 2010.
The consultation is a response to calls for an extension to the ambit of the legislation to take account of the different ways in which many public services are now provided. The consultation seeks views on whether FOISA should be extended to organisations such as leisure and recreational trusts, PPP/PFI contractors for hospitals, schools and trunk roads, the Glasgow Housing Association, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and contractors running privately managed prisons.
Those wishing to contribute to the consultation can do so on the Scottish Government website.