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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19901: George Adam (Paisley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an updated action plan on its Freedom of Information practices to the Scottish Information Commissioner, as requested in his letter of 9 October 2018.

Answered by: Graeme Dey 14 November 2018

I remain grateful for the Commissioner’s constructive approach throughout both his interventions.

I am also happy to report that the Commissioner noted the significant improvement the Scottish Government has made to our FOI response times and has formally ended his intervention on that aspect of our performance. He has asked that we continue providing monthly performance reports for the time being and we will, of course, do so.

He asked for minor revisions to improve the clarity of three proposals and these were submitted on 30 October. He replied on 8 November, approving the plan, subject to one further minor change, which has been made. The agreed plan has been published on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/freedom-of-information-document-collection/ and we will now work with the Commissioner on its implementation.

I am pleased to record that the Commissioner’s letter noted that the 13 September draft plan was thoroughly constructed and that he was content that the majority of the proposed actions will achieve the desired outcomes.