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Lord Wallace to open Centre for Freedom of Information

27 January 2009

A new research centre which will look into freedom of information issues will be launched this week.

Jim Wallace, former Deputy First Minister and now Lord Wallace of Tankerness, will officially open the Centre for Freedom of Information at the University of Dundee on Thursday 29 January. The centre is a joint venture between the university and the Scottish Information Commissioner.

As Justice Minister in the first Scottish Executive, Lord Wallace was in charge of promoting the bill that became the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Scottish Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion, co-director of the centre, said: “We must ensure that our legislation, practice and culture are continually examined and reviewed if Scotland is to be at the forefront of international freedom of information practice.”

Professor Alan Page, dean of the university’s law school and also co-director, added: “We need to focus on the benefits rather than the costs of freedom of information and to find out what is actually happening in this area rather than relying on anecdotal evidence.”

Lord Wallace’s reflections on the law and his personal experiences of how freedom of information legislation has worked in practice will inform a discussion to be held following his address.


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