Scottish Parliament: Refusal to provide freedom of (Scottish energy) information: update

In response to the disclosure order served by Scottish Energy News on the Scottish Parliament to provide details of all visitors logged at its reception/ security desk to visit MSPs in Holyrood, the chief clerk at Holyrood has denied that he holds any such information.

Scottish Energy News had sought such data from Jan-Jun 2016.

After the chief clerk at Holyrood banned Scottish Energy News from attending and reporting the last meeting of the Scottish Parliament cross party group on renewables and energy efficiency (SPREE, which is chaired by SNP MP Graeme Dey), we submitted a Freedom of Information order for details of these visitors.

That the entire Scottish Parliament (and not just the clerks and reception desk staff – but also the covert state security shadow operation daily mounted by Polis Scotland) claims that it immediately discards and destroys names and diary data of people with pre-arranged appointments to visit MPs in Holyrood within 24-hours stretches belief to beyond breaking point; it also breaches best-practice common or ‘garden’ security rules and typical local government IT standard operations.

Notwithstanding this barely-credible statement from the Scottish Parliament – which has now been appealed to the Freedom of Information Commissioner for Scotland – Scottish Energy News has now served the Scottish Parliament with another FOI writ requiring disclosure of public information (ie names of people making pre-arranged, visitors to specified MSPs in a public building videlicet Scottish Parliament) for publication of such data from ‘yesterday’ (in this case, 6 December 2016, the previous day, the day before that, and the day before that, etc)

The deadline for the Scottish Parliament to reply to this updated freedom of public (energy) information writ is 9 January 2017.

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