The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002 (FOISA) came into force in January 2005.
The Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 gives rights to individuals to access
information held by us, subject to certain conditions and
exemptions. Requests made under FOISA do not normally include
requests for personal information which are dealt with under Data
FOISA requests must be made in writing and this also
means that you can send your request to us via e-mail.
By law, we must respond to
requests within 20 working days but we can ask for more details in
order to identify the information requested. It is recognised that
some requests may involve personal information and therefore Data
Protection issues will arise.
Under FOISA, we are required to make available to the general
public a significant amount of routinely published information and
this is detailed in our Publication
The Commission has chosen to adopt the Model Publication Scheme
2015 which has been produced by the Scottish
Information Commissioner (SIC).
Within the Publication Scheme the information is
organised into eight "classes". The boxes below
provide links to the key content we publish under each
"class". We do not publish any information under Class 8 which
means that we do not publish "commerial information"
One of the new requirements following adoption of the SIC model
scheme, is that the Commission produce a Guide to
Making a Request
Requests for information must be made in writing, and must give
a name and contact details for the enquirer in addition to
describing what information is required. Enquiries and
requests should be sent;
By email to:email@example.com
By post to: FOISA Requests, The Mental Welfare Commission for
Scotland, Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12