Freedom of Information

As a Scottish public body, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) complies with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, which came fully into force in January 2005.

This Act provides a right of access to information held by public bodies. It is enforced by the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner who has the necessary powers to regulate compliance.

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

Publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
Tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost
HIE has adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2011 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The scheme has been approved until 31 May 2015. In adopting the Single Model Scheme, HIE has produced a 'Guide to Information' which:

Allows you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class;
States what charges may be applied;
Explains how to find the information easily;
Provides contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information;
Explains how to request information that has not been published.
You can download a pdf of the Model Publication Scheme and Guide to Information here.

HIE is also legally required to produce a 'Guide to Information' for its dormant publicly owned companies. If you wish to see the 'Guide for Information' for its former local enterprise companies, visit our archive.

If you would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, please contact:

Freedom of Information
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Fraser House
Friar's Lane

Tel: 01463 234171
Fax: 01463 24469