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Scotland written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) (Scotland)

The Scotland Office will place copies of information released under Freedom of Information, where considered appropriate in terms of the wider public interest, on the departmental website where this is believed to be the most suitable method for publication. In some instances, it may be necessary to direct interested individuals to other locations providing reasonable access to published material.

This corresponds with earlier guidance on publication schemes, issued by the Department for Constitutional Affairs in July 2002, which recommended that where information is disclosed to an individual in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, Departments and NDPBs should consider whether the information disclosed is of general interest and include released information in the publication scheme where appropriate.

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