S&TCS FOI Requests: Scottish Government still not responding lawfully

S&TCS FOI Requests

The Scottish Information Commissioner has issued yet another decision [1] against Scottish Ministers for their failure to comply with freedom of information law.

This is now added to seven other decisions obtained in the last 15 months by S&TCS to do with requests for information about salmon farms.

 

Eight decisions from the Scottish Information Commissioner on aquaculture in just fifteen months

The latest decision relates to information about an escape of 300,000 salmon reported in 2016 by The Scottish Salmon Company’s farm at its Scadabay on Harris [2].

Guy Linley-Adams said:

“While we welcome this latest decision, the Scottish Information Commissioner has required Scottish Ministers to consider whether it would be appropriate to apologise to S&TCS for their failure to comply with the statutory timescales for response. 

 But this is not the first time.

 In lay terms, Scottish Ministers simply being told to say sorry, and do what they should have done many weeks or months ago, does not yet appear to be having the desired effect of ensuring they comply with the law on freedom of information”. 

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner’s other decisions obtained by S&TCS in the last 15 months:

 

43/2018Salmon and Trout Conservation ScotlandScottish Environment Protection AgencyInformation relating to the use of sea lice medicineFor applicant26 Mar 2018

 

013/2018Salmon and Trout Conservation ScotlandScottish Environment Protection AgencyCorrespondence with Marine ScotlandFor applicant31 Jan 2018

 

010/2018:Salmon and Trout ConservationScottish Environment Protection AgencyReport on the environmental impact of sea lice medicineFor applicant29 Jan 2018

 

199/2017Salmon and Trout Conservation ScotlandScottish Environment Protection AgencyInformation concerning sea lice medicineFor applicant30 Nov 2017

 

191/2017Salmon and Trout Conservation ScotlandScottish MinistersReport on the environmental impact of sea lice medicineFor applicant20 Nov 2017

 

142/2017Salmon and Trout Conservation ScotlandScottish MinistersControl and reduction of sea lice on fish farmsFor applicant04 Sep 2017

 

063/2017Salmon and Trout Conservation ScotlandScottish MinistersControl of sea lice on fish farms: failure to respond within statutory timescalesFor applicant02 May 2017

 

 

[1] Decision 120/2018: Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland and the Scottish Ministers

[2] Scadabay Inspections: failure to respond within statutory timescales - 6 August 2018