Justice CommitteeSupplementary written evidence from Alistair P Sloan

I am writing to you regarding the above noted matter to draw your attention to a recent Bill published by the Scottish Executive. The Bill proposes some changes to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

I write to draw this Bill to your attention because in my written evidence to the Committee I made reference to the time limits for prosecution for offences under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the fact that the Scottish Ministers were considering amendments to the equivalent provisions in the Scottish legislation. The published Bill includes their proposals for such an amendment and can be found within Section 5 of the Bill.

I’m sure that your committee will have noticed this, but given its relevance to some of the written evidence submitted to the Justice Committee, including my own, I thought that I would write to you as chair of the committee so that you could consider the proposed Scottish amendments as your committee compiles its report.

May 2012

Prepared 25th July 2012