The Scottish Government has decided to listen to information campaigners and drop a controversial amendment to the country’s Freedom of Information Act which would have seen information relating to the royal family blocked. 

The amendment would have made communications between ministers and the royal family exempt from disclosure.

The BBC report:

The Scottish government has dropped contentious plans to keep all communications between ministers and senior Royal Family members a secret.

Ministers said the move would bring Scotland into line with the rest of the UK, but changed their minds in light of concern over the proposals.

It was brought forward under planned reforms to freedom of information legislation.

Ministers made the decision after “careful consideration” of objections.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.