The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA) can be extended to bodies that carry out functions of a public nature or which provide, under a contract with a Scottish public authority, a service which is a function of that authority.
This can be done by making an order under section 5 of FOISA, which designates those bodies as a Scottish public authority for the purposes of the legislation.
Scottish Ministers are required to lay a report before the Scottish Parliament every two years about the exercise of the section 5 order-making power.
The 2015 section 5 report can be found in our archive.
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House