1. The Boundary Commission for Scotland is covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which is regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The Commission has adopted the Freedom of Information Model Publication Scheme for public sector organisations produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office which is available here: Model Publication Scheme.
2. That Publication Scheme requires the Boundary Commission for Scotland to produce an information guide which details what is available under the classes of information specified in the scheme, and the methods by which that information can be obtained. This document does so, and that information guide is at Appendix B.
3. Further information about the Freedom of Information regime covering the Commission is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ico.gov.uk).
Obtaining and Locating Information
4. The information that the Commission publishes under the Publication Scheme is normally available from the Commission’s website www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk In addition to information contained in webpages, documents are published as Adobe Acrobat PDF files, with electorate data made available as Excel workbooks.
5. Requests for hard copies of Commission information should be directed to the Commission Secretariat. If you do not have full details of what you require, you should contact the Secretariat to discuss your requirements.
6. You can request information held by the Commission that does not appear in the information guide by contacting the Commission Secretariat.
7. All Commission publications are subject to Crown Copyright. All materials, including maps, may be reproduced for personal use or use within an organisation. For that there is no need for formal permission, and no royalty payment is required. Electronic and hard copies of maps must retain the Commission’s logo, copyright statement and Ordnance Survey licence number. Please contact us if you want to reproduce the material for other purposes to discuss the copyright implications.
8. The published reports of the Commission’s reviews are available for purchase from TSO (The Stationery Office). Copies of other publications are available free of charge.
9. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, a charge may be made for dealing with requests for information. Public authorities are not obliged to deal with requests for information if the costs of finding the information exceed an amount set in the legislation.
Feedback, Questions and Further Information
10. It is important to the Commission that its Freedom of Information policy meets your needs. Any suggestions for additional classes of information which might be included in future, or how information might be made more accessible, would be welcomed.
11. Any questions or comments about this policy should be sent to the Commission Secretariat.
12. Contact details for the Boundary Commission for Scotland and its Secretariat are:
Boundary Commission for Scotland
91 Haymarket Terrace
Tel: 0131 244 2001
Complaints about this policy
13. Complaints regarding this policy or the provision of information should be made in the first instance to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address.
14. If you are unhappy with our response to your request you can ask us to review it and if you are still dissatisfied, you can make an appeal to the Information Commissioner:
The Information Commissioner