Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Scotland: Appeal goes to Lord's over childhood leukaemia statistics complaint

The Scottish Information Commissioner's decision was affirmed in December 2006 by the First Court of Session opinion that refused the appeal by the Common Services Agency. After the the Lords appeal the case could still go to the European Court of Human Rights. (thanks to David for heads-up on this)

--Read the Court of Session opinion (Dec 2006)

--Scottish ICO decision from 2005

Media report - The Herald - Appeal to Lords over bid to keep leukaemia death figures private
"A Scottish NHS body which was ordered to reveal childhood leukaemia statistics under freedom of information law is to make a final appeal to the House of Lords in an attempt to keep the figures secret. In the first case of its kind, the Common Services Agency (CSA) is to challenge a recent ruling by the Court of Session ordering it to hand over its records under FoI. The CSA has resisted disclosure since January 2005, when Michael Collie, a researcher for Green MSP Chris Ballance, first asked for its records on leukaemia in under-15s in Dumfries and Galloway."

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