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Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Section 47 – Application for decision by Commissioner

118.This section sets out the circumstances in which an applicant can apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether a Scottish public authority has dealt with a request for information in accordance with Part 1 of the Act. Application to the Commissioner will be available where an applicant is dissatisfied with a notice given under section 21(5) or (9) following a review by the authority of its original decision, or where the public authority concerned failed to give such a notice. Section 47(2) sets out the form in which an application is to be made to the Commissioner, and the information which must be included in any application. An application must be in writing or in another form capable of being used for subsequent reference. Section 47(4) sets out the timescales within which any such application must be made. The Scottish Ministers may, by regulations, extend this timescale. Such regulations will be subject to affirmative resolution.

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