Scottish Enterprise will not sign secrecy deals with companies again, following public outcry
Scottish Enterprise reveals secret £500k recipient as Silva Renewables, says it will not sign confidentiality agreements again
AFTER BOWING to public pressure to reveal the identity of the secret company which it granted nearly £500k, Scottish Government economic development agency Scottish Enterprise has confirmed to CommonSpace that it will not sign confidentiality agreements in future.
Rebuttal: Is it ‘completely unfair’ to call Charlotte Street Partners corporate lobbyists?
CommonSpace spoke to three lobbying experts about whether it was ‘completely unfair’ to describe Charlotte Street Partners as corporate lobbyists
ANDREW WILSON, chair of the SNP’s Growth Commission on the economics of independence published at the start of June, was interviewed in the Sunday Herald on 1 July.
‘Time for a thorough review’ of transparency in wake of Scottish Enterprise secret payments, campaigners say
Campaigners say a lack of transparency on the use of taxpayers’ money fuels public distrust in institutions
AFTER REVELATIONS that Scottish Enterprise has provided almost £500,000 of funds to a company which it refuses to name due to a confidentiality agreement, transparency campaigners say it’s time for a “thorough review of what transparency actually means”.
Information Commissioner tells the Scottish Government its handling of FoI requests ‘inherently wrong’
Journalist and transparency campaigner James McEnaney said the Scottish Government owed journalists an apology for its handling of FoI requests
SCOTLAND’S Information Commissioner has issued a scolding to the Scottish Government for the way it handles FoI requests from journalists in particular, whose requests are treated differently from others, take longer to process and are more likely to be ignored.
SpinWatch publish confidential media 'D-notices' on the Skripal case
Spin Watch co-founder: D-Notices are an attack on the very idea of a “free media”
THE public interest investigations group SpinWatch has published two private and confidential ‘D-notices’ sent to the press, both relating to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.
‘D-notices’, officially known as DMSA-Notices, are notes from the UK Government to the British media advising them not to publish on a specific issue. They have no legal power to compel the press to do so, but they are strongly expected to be adhered to.
Concerns over status of inquiry into ScotGov transparency failings
Scottish Government accepts Freedom of Information failings
THE Scottish Government has accepted failings over the handling of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, under scrutiny from opposition politicians.
However, concerns have been raised over the status of an independent inquiry into FoI handling, which was the central feature of a motion passed unanimously yesterday (Wednesday 21 June) in the Scottish Parliament.
Interview: Information commissioner calls for further action to tackle lack of transparency
Extend FOIs and question lack of policy documentation, commissioner suggests
SCOTLAND CAN challenge a lack of government transparency by expanding freedom of information (FOI) rules and considering rules to require basic data gathering, the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIO) Rosemary Agnew has said.
Marking the release of the annual SIO report on FOI requests, Agnew encouraged further action to improve transparency in areas where the media and public can struggle to receive sufficient information from government.
Alyn Smith condemns Barroso joining Goldman Sachs as declaration is filed
Scottish MEP demands transparency in Europe as a European Parliament declaration calls for intervention by European Court of Justice
SCOTTISH MEP Alyn Smith has called on Jose Manuel Barroso to resign from his position as a Goldman Sachs director or be prepared to answer to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), potentially having his European Commission pension reduced.
Petition launched to demand transparency over SNP growth policy
Group starts petition in response to Andrew Wilson being appointed the SNP's growth commission chair
THE Scottish Alliance for Lobbying Transparency (SALT) has launched a petition to urge the SNP to clarify and correct any potential conflict of interests on its Growth Commission.
It has asked for the Scottish Government to put into action legislation it passed in the last parliament for a statutory register of lobbying activity, to show who is trying to affect government policy making.