Public task statementPublished: 15 June 2017
Freedom of information class: About Registers of Scotland
Registers of Scotland and the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015
This statement sets out the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland's public task for the purposes of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (the PSI Regulations).
The Keeper is a non-ministerial office-holder in the Scottish Administration, and her relevant functions are wholly statutory. She is the Chief Executive of Registers of Scotland, which is classified as a non-ministerial department for administrative purposes and is also part of the Scottish Administration.
The keeper's public task is to compile and maintain the public registers for which she is statutorily responsible and to make the information they contain publicly accessible through our customer and online services, including the ScotLIS portal.
All information held by the keeper which was collected or created in accordance with her public task is available for re-use, unless the re-use is excluded by the PSI regulations. The PSI regulations do not apply where, for example, a third party owns relevant intellectual property rights, or if access to information is restricted under the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
In accordance with section 9 of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000, the Keeper must ensure that the Registers of Scotland is entirely self-financing. She is therefore exempt from the principle of marginal cost pricing for re-use under the PSI regulations.
Any person may apply to the keeper for permission to re-use public task information. Permission may be granted by way of:
- an Open Government Licence, or
- a licence for which charges may be made
Permission to re-use information does not affect any requirement to pay a statutory fee for access to information or to a document, and is subject to any other access issues being resolved.
Our publication scheme sets out the information which we have already made available for re-use.
To apply to the keeper for permission to re-use public task information please complete our online application form.
Should you wish to make a complaint under the PSI regulations, you should in the first instance use our complaints handling procedure. If you are still not satisfied, you may also refer your complaint to the UK Information Commissioner.
This public task statement is reviewed at least annually. The next planned review is intended to be carried out in September 2019.