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Information Commissoner urged to help end SNP blockade on independence transition costs

June 10, 2014 10:45 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the ScottishWillie RennieWillie Rennie Information Commissioner Rosemary Agnew to take steps to ensure that people in Scotland are able to see the Scottish Government's estimates of the set-up costs that would follow a vote for independence.

Mr Rennie has written to Ms Agnew today after submitting a freedom of information request to the Scottish Government asking for details of their estimates of the costs of transition to an independent country if there is a yes vote in September.

Mr Rennie is asking the Information Commissioner for her support to fast-track any appeals against refusal by the Scottish Government to release the information.

Mr Rennie made his appeal to the Commissioner after it emerged that freedom of information laws could mean that the Scottish Government could stall and delay publication of the information until after 18th September.

Mr Rennie said:

"I am asking for the Information Commission to help make sure that the Scottish Government cannot blockade this important information until after people have voted in the referendum.

"By writing directly to the First Minister, by submitting a freedom of information request and tabling written questions, I want to make sure that the Scottish Government has no hiding place for this information."