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The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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2.—(1) In these Regulations–

the Act” means the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002(1);

“applicant” means any person who requests that environmental information be made available;

“the Commissioner” means the Scottish Information Commissioner constituted by section 42 of the Act;

“the Directive” means Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC(2);

“environmental information” has the same meaning as in Article 2(1) of the Directive, namely any information in written, visual, aural, electronic or any other material form on–

(a)

the state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms, and the interaction among these elements;

(b)

factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment referred to in paragraph (a);

(c)

measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements;

(d)

reports on the implementation of environmental legislation;

(e)

costs benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in paragraph (c); and

(f)

the state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures inasmuch as they are or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in paragraph (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c);

“Scottish public authority” means–

(a)

any body which, any other person who, or the holder of any office which is–

(i)

listed in schedule 1 to the Act (but subject to any qualification in that schedule), or

(ii)

designated by order under section 5(1) of the Act;

(b)

a publicly-owned company as defined by section 6 of the Act;

(c)

any other Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved functions (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998(3)); and

(d)

any other person who is neither a public body nor the holder of a public office and who is under the control of a person or body falling within paragraphs (a), (b) or (c) of this definition and–

(i)

has public responsibilities relating to the environment;

(ii)

exercises functions of a public nature relating to the environment; or

(iii)

provides public services relating to the environment; and

“working day” has the same meaning as in section 73 of the Act.

(2) For the purpose of these Regulations, environmental information is held by a Scottish public authority if it is–

(a)in its possession and it has been produced or received by that authority; or

(b)held by another person on that authority’s behalf,

and, in either case, it has not been supplied by a Minister of the Crown or department of the Government of the United Kingdom and held in confidence.

(3) The following expressions have the same meaning in these Regulations as they have in the Data Protection Act 1998(4), namely–

(a)“data”, except that for the purposes of regulation 10(3) and 11, a public authority referred to in paragraph (e) of the definition of data in section 1(1) of that Act means a Scottish public authority within the meaning of these Regulations;

(b)“the data protection principles”;

(c)“data subject”; and

(d)“personal data”.

(4) Subject to paragraphs (1), (2) and (3), expressions in these Regulations which appear in the Directive have the same meaning in these Regulations as they have in the Directive.

(2)

O.J. No. L 41, 14.2.2003, p.26.

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