Scotland's health secretary wanted to suspend freedom of information legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to internal government emails.
Scotland’s information watchdog has urged MSPs to rethink secrecy rules being proposed for a new post-Brexit environmental body.
The Scottish Government’s freedom of information performance has collapsed during the pandemic and undermined public accountability, warns watchdog.
The rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, has been criticised for "an abdication of responsibility" and as "very un-ministerial" by a civil service trade union.
The rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, has been accused of breaching the ministerial code by failing to record 25 meetings with the fish farming industry.
The Scottish Government has been forced to withdraw all the emergency relaxations it made to freedom of information (FoI) law in April.
MSPs are recommending a new law requiring Scottish Government meetings to be minuted to prevent any “deliberate attempt” to evade freedom of information rules.
Laws weakening freedom of information rights in Scotland look set to be repealed after just a few weeks because opposition MSPs have united against them.
Changes to Scotland’s freedom of information law narrowly agreed by Holyrood for the coronavirus emergency have been condemned as “dismal” and “draconian” by campaigners.