Date lodged: 20 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Time for Compliance) Regulations 2016 set a precedent for varying timescales for Freedom of Information requests, and whether it has any plans to pass similar legislation in future.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 10 April 2018
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Time for Compliance) Regulations 2016 apply exclusively to grant-aided and independent special schools. They were made, following the designation of these schools as public authorities for the purposes of Freedom of Information, specifically to take into account holiday periods when the school may be closed and/or staff are not available. There are no plans to bring forward similar legislation.