Tue 4 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk GREEN MSP MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 4 September 2012 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION CAMPAIGNERS MEET AT HOLYROOD Ten years since the introduction of Freedom of Information in Scotland, campaigners are calling for its rules to apply to private firms and arms-length bodies that deliver public contracts. Tomorrow (5th September) Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone will host an event in advance of 'International Right to Know Day' in the Scottish Parliament with speakers from the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland. The Parliament will soon be scrutinising the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Scotland Bill but Ministers already have the powers to make the existing Act apply to a wider range of bodies. Alison Johnstone, Green MSP said: "Many public services have been privatised or spun off into arms-length organisations in the decade since the Act was created, and this means many services now fall outside of the right-to-know rules. We must bring new organisations under FoI laws to safeguard people’s right to know how their money is being spent." Notes 1. The event will be held on Wednesday 5th September, 6-7:30pm in Committee Room 3, Scottish Parliament 2. International Right to Know Day is celebrated on 28th September. Jason Rose Head of Media Scottish Green MSPs The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP 0131 348 6360 07500 792995 @greenmsps _______________________________________________ SGP News mailing list. See http://lists.scottishgreens.org.uk/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/news for information and list options. List owned and maintained by the Scottish Green Party. Queries and problems: news-owner@lists.scottishgreens.org.uk list-unsubscribe: news-request@lists.scottishgreens.org.uk?subject=unsubscribe _______________________________________________

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