- Contractors who build and maintain hospitals
- Contractors who build and maintain schools
- Contractors who run privately managed prisons and provide prisoner escort and court custody services
- Contractors who operate and maintain trunk roads under private finance contracts
- The Glasgow Housing Association
- The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; and
- Bodies used by local authorities to provide leisure, culture and sport services.
Speaking at the 2009 Holyrood FOI Conference, Minister for Parliamentary Business Bruce Crawford said:
"Responses to a discussion paper which looked at the options for extending coverage of the FOI Act beyond the public sector supported the principle of greater openness. I now intend to formally consult with a range of organisations about whether it is appropriate for them to be covered by FOI.The Scottish Information Commissioner has welcomed the announcement:
"It is important that organisations who deliver key public services for the people of Scotland operate transparently so the public can be reassured we are getting high quality services and value for money. I am also sympathetic to the view that people should be able to 'follow' the expenditure of public money through their access to information, in particular in relation to PFI/PPP contracts which tend to be high value and long term.
Mr Dunion says "I am pleased that the public's right to information is being protected and in some cases extended by the Scottish Government's proposals to bring bodies like local authority trusts, private prisons and PPP contractors within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.Scottish Government news release here and SIC release here.
I will use the period of consultation to argue that the right to information is not an unreasonable burden. There is no evidence of any material damage to commercial interests or public procurement from FOI disclosures in Scotland over the past 5 years. It needs to be accepted that where substantial sums of public money are being expended then the public should have right to know. Freedom of information should follow the public pound."