Date lodged: 19 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when it became aware that the Scottish Information Commissioner was minded to delay announcing decisions that might be critical of ministers until after the 2016 Scottish election, as reported in the Daily Record on 29 March 2016.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 31 May 2016
The Scottish Government is not aware of the commissioner having had any intention to delay decisions which might be critical of ministers until after the 2016 Scottish election. On 22 March 2016, her office informed Scottish Government officials that they were going to delay one particular decision until after the election but did not give a reason. On 30 March 2016 the commissioner sent a statement to the Presiding Officer clarifying her position.