Guide to information and the Standards Commission's Publication Scheme.
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:
- publish the classes of information that they make routinely available: and
- tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost
The Standards Commission for Scotland ("the Standards Commission") has adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2015 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. This scheme has the Scottish Information Commissioner's approval until 31 May 2019.
The Standards Commission for Scotland
The Scottish Parliament
Tel: 0131 348 6666
Availability and formats
The information the Standards Commission’s publishes under the Model Publication Scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. The Standards Commission offers alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information from our website or by inspection at our offices, on request. For example, the Standards Commission can arrange for the information to be sent as a paper copy. However, there may be a charge for this.
The Standards Commission will publish or provide information that it holds which falls within the classes of information detailed below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s Freedom of Information legislation (for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret), the Standards Commission may remove or blank out (redact) that information before publication. If so, we will provide an explanation about why such action has been taken.
Where the Standards Commission holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:
• it is copied or reproduced accurately;
• it is not used in a misleading context; and
• the source of the material is identified.
Where the Standards Commission does not hold the copyright for information we publish we will make that clear.
This section explains when the Standards Commission may make a charge for our publications and how these charges will be calculated.
There is no charge to view information displayed on our website or at the offices of the Standards Commission.
The Standards Commission may charge for the costs incurred in providing information such as postage and / or photocopying,
The cost to supply information will be no more than it actually costs us to do so. The Standards Commission will always tell you what the cost will be to provide the information before it is supplied to you.
Charges to be applied for photocopies of documents are detailed in the table below:
Size of paper
Pence per single sided copy (black & white)
Pence per single sided copy (colour)
Information provided on CD-ROM will be charged at 60p per computer disc. Information can be provided on a USB Memory stick. The charge for this will be based on the actual cost incurred by the Standards Commission in purchasing this item (approximately £5.00 per stick).
Postage costs will be charged at the rate we pay to send this information.
When providing copies of pre-printed publications, the Standards Commission will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run.
The Standards Commission will not pass on any costs to you in relation to our published information.
This charging schedule does not apply to our commercial publications (see Class 8 below). These items are offered for sale through retail outlets such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price reflects a ‘market value’ which may include the associated production costs.
Contact the Standards Commission
You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:
We will be able to advise you about how to ask for information that the Standards Commission does not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.
The classes of information that the Standards Commission publishes
The Standards Commission will publish information which we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years.
The classes are:-
Where information is updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions you may make a request to us for that information.
A pdf version of the Classes of Information contained within the Publication Scheme is available here