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The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2004

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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2004 No. 203 (C. 14)

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2004

Made

29th April 2004

The Scottish Ministers in exercise of the powers conferred by section 75(1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act(1), hereby make the following Order:

Citation

1.  This Order may be cited as the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2004.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order “the Act” shall mean the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Commencement

3.—(1) The provisions of the Act listed in column 1 of the Schedule to this Order and whose subject matter is specified in column 2 of that Schedule shall, insofar as they are not already in force come into force on 30th April 2004 but where a particular purpose is also specified in column 3 of that Schedule, that provision shall come into force on its appointed day only for that purpose.

(2) The remaining provisions of the Act shall, insofar as they are not already in force, come into force on 1st January 2005.

TAVISH SCOTT

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

29th April 2004

Article 3

SCHEDULE

Column 1Column 2Column 3
Provision of the ActSubject matterPurpose
Section 12Excessive cost of complianceOnly for the purpose of the making of regulations by the Scottish Ministers under section 9(4) of the Act
Section 44Recommendations as to good practice
Section 46Laying of reports
Section 50Information noticesFor all remaining purposes
Section 51Enforcement noticesFor all remaining purposes
Section 53Failure to comply with noticeFor all remaining purposes
Section 54Powers of entry and inspectionFor all remaining purposes
Section 74Giving of notice, etc.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings into force the remaining provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“the Act”). Certain provisions have already been brought into force by section 75(1) of the Act and by two earlier commencement orders (S.S.I. 2002/437 and 2003/477).

Article 3(1) of this Order commences on 30th April 2004–

(a)section 12 of the Act, but only for the purpose of facilitating the making of regulations under section 9(4);

(b)section 44, to enable practice recommendations to be made where publication schemes are not complied with by public authorities;

(c)section 46, to enable the Scottish Information Commissioner to produce his first annual report;

(d)Sections 50, 51, 53 and 54 for all remaining purposes insofar as they are not already in force; and

(e)section 74, to enable practice recommendations or enforcement notices to be served in connection with publication schemes.

Article 3(2) of this Order commences all remaining provisions of the Act for all remaining purposes.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order)

Provision of the ActDate of CommencementS.S.I. No.
Sections 3(1), 4, 5, 6, 7, 2430.09.022002/437
Sections 42, 43, 4530.09.022002/437
Sections 60, 61, 62, 6430.09.022002/437
Sections 70(1) and (2), 71, 7330.09.022002/437
Schedules 1 and 230.09.022002/437
Sections 55, 56, 63, 66 and 6831.10.032003/477
Section 9 (but only for the purpose of the making of regulations by the Scottish Ministers under section 9(4)31.10.032003/477
Section 23 (except that the duties on public authorities imposed by sections 23(1) to 23(4) shall not apply to those public authorities listed in parts 4 and 5 of Schedule 1 until 1st December 2003 and to those public authorities listed in part 7 of Schedule 1 until 1st March 200431.10.032003/477
Sections 50, 51, 53 and 54 (but only for the purpose of the processing of publication schemes under section 23)31.10.032003/477

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