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SNP must change course on Freedom of Information

September 19, 2012 9:25 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has called on the SNP government to change its course on freedom of information laws.

The call comes after Scotland's Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, published her first annual report since taking office.

Commenting on the report, Mr Rennie said:

"The fog of secrecy enveloping the SNP government grows thicker by the day.

"Such a sizeable increase in appeals about the Scottish Government's failure to release public information is something the SNP should be very embarrassed about. When we implemented freedom of information laws in government it was intended to facilitate the release of information rather than being used as a tool to hide it.

"Scotland needs an open and transparent government that is content to share information, as that assists with a mature democracy that is involved in decisions and understands the reasons behind them.

"The SNP should change course now, stop the costly legal action and extend the regime to include other public bodies that spend public money."