Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kevin Dunion

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861223

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861223.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

Environmental Information

Environmental Information

(p.235) Chapter 2 Environmental Information
Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice

Kevin Dunion

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides an overview of freedom of information as it is practiced in Scotland, with particular emphasis on access to environmental information. Before the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) was enacted, people already had certain statutory entitlements to environmental information. Comprehensive rights were delivered by the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) first introduced in 1992 and amended in 1998 which gave the public the right to ask for information which ‘relates to the environment’. Access to environmental regime advanced still further when the UK signed the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making, and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the Aarhus Convention) in 1998. There are three ‘pillars’ which form the key principles behind the Aarhus Convention: the rights of access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters. In Scotland, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 give the public rights of access to environmental information held by public authorities. All of the exceptions under the EIRs are qualified by being subject to a ‘public interest’ test.

Keywords:   freedom of information, Scotland, environmental information, Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations, Aarhus Convention, access to information, Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, public authorities, public interest test

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.