167.This schedule lists “Scottish public authorities” for the purposes of the Act. The listing of “The Scottish Ministers” at paragraph 1 covers all Departments of the Scottish Executive, as well as the following agencies:
the Crown Office;
the Fisheries Research Service;
the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency;
the Scottish Court Service;
the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency;
the Scottish Public Pensions Agency;
the Scottish Prison Service; and
the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
168.The Scottish Parliament, local authorities, non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), NHS bodies, the Police, and Further and Higher Education institutions are all specified as Scottish public authorities. Further persons or office-holders may be designated by order under sections 4 and 5.