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FOI (Amendment) Bill amendments debated

MSPs debated and voted on amendments to the Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at the final stage of its parliamentary scrutiny on 16 January 2013.

The bill also includes provisions to:

  • give Scottish Ministers enhanced powers to reduce the lifespan of historical records, so there could be varying lengths of time for different public bodies or for different kinds of records
  • clarify that information which is provided in a body's publication scheme does not also have to be provided in response to an FOI request
  • allow authorities to issue, in reply to a request for information concerning personal information, a neither confirm nor deny response
  • allow prosecution for offences, under Section 65 of FOI(S)A, to be made up to six months after sufficient evidence has been amassed, rather than six months after commission of the offence

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