Date lodged: 27 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will hold a full independent enquiry into its practices into dealing with freedom of information requests.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 23 August 2017
As I said in the debate on 21 June, the Scottish Information Commissioner who is completely independent of government is already scrutinising our FOI performance. We are co-operating fully with that scrutiny and have a programme of action under way to improve our performance. At this stage we do not think any alternative independent inquiry would be more effective than the Commissioner’s current intervention, given the Commissioner’s independence, expert knowledge and experience.