7. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
The Inspectorate had its own publication scheme for freedom of information issues which was approved by the Information Commissioner in January 2009. This expired in May 2011 and has now been replaced by the Commissioner's own standard publication scheme. Information on this is available on our public website. During the year to the end of May 2012 14 Freedom of Information requests were made under the act for information and these were all dealt with within the appropriate statutory time limit.
At the time of writing a Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill is proceeding through the Scottish Parliament and its progress will be closely monitored.
Allied to that during the course of the year the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 came into being and the Inspectorate is preparing its own plans to comply with the new requirements.