Under Section 62 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, Scottish public authorities have a commitment of disclosure with regards to environmental information under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
As a result, the framework and procedures in place for handling freedom of information requests is also used for environmental information requests. Requests for environmental information should be answered in accordance with the request handling procedures established for freedom of information requests. Furthermore, environmental information is also published along with other classes of information in the university publication scheme.
Advice & Guidance
Advice and guidance on the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations has been provided by the Scottish Executive in the form of the Section 62 Code of Practice, which provides advice on the discharge of our functions in relation to the environmental information regulations. The Scottish Executive has also produced a helpful document on access to environmental information.
As the University has chosen to handle the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations similarily to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, it means that the advice and guidance for the Scottish Environmental Information Regulations is the same as the existing guidance that Records Management has provided for Freedom of Information.
The following defined exceptions would stop disclosure of information under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004:
- The request is unreasonable
- The request is too general
- Disclosure would cause an adverse effect