MSP, Dundee City West
Would the member like to comment on the article entitled “FOI failings at the heart of government”, which was published on the BBC’s website earlier this week? That report, which is about the United Kingdom Government, talks about descriptions of “delays as ‘unacceptable’, ‘extremely unhelpful’, ‘extreme’, ‘protracted’,...
I thank Mr Mountain for giving us the opportunity to discuss how we might improve openness and transparency. First I want to address our performance. Twelve years on, the statutory right to request information from a public authority—and be given it—has been embedded in our culture. People understand their rights and that has led to a steady increase in requests. FOI requests are...
If Mr Findlay had bothered to listen to anything that I said last week, he would have heard me making the point. We are clear that our performance is not what it should be and I was clear about that last week. We are in the process of trying to improve. Before I cover the actions that we are taking to improve our performance, I will address some of the concerns that were set out recently by...
Scottish National Party MSP for Dundee City West
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election
Also represented Dundee West
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