Caithness Heat and Power Ltd

Publication Scheme

Caithness Heat and Power Limited is a wholly owned Highland Council Company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors drawn from the elected Members. Caithness Heat and Power Limited is therefore a public authority in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information is entitled to receive that information, subject to exemptions.

Under Section 23 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Caithness Heat and Power Limited must adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the information the company routinely makes publicly available.  The publication scheme is attached. In addition, the company has to review the scheme from time to time. In adopting (or reviewing) their publication scheme, Caithness Heat and Power Limited are required to have regard to the public interest in:

  • allowing public access to information the company holds; and
  • the publication of reasons for the decisions the company makes.


The publication scheme must:

  • set out the classes of information which the company publishes or intend to publish;
  • say how the company will publish the information in each class; and
  • say if the company will provide the information free or charge for it.

The purpose of the publication scheme is to let you know what information is readily available from Caithness Heat and Power Limited By readily available we mean that the information can be obtained from Caithness Heat and Power LImited on request.

About the Publication Scheme

The Caithness Heat and Power Ltd Publication Scheme is based on the Model Publication Scheme for Publicly Owned (Active) Companies and has been developed by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the promotion and enforcement of the Act.

Section 23 of the Act states that in adopting or reviewing its publication scheme the authority must have regard to the public interest in allowing public access to information about:

  • the services provided by the authority
  • the costs of those services;
  • the standard attained by those services;
  • the facts which form the basis of decisions taken by the authority which are of importance to the public; and
  • the publication of reasons for decisions made by it.

Responsibility for the Publication Scheme

The Company Secretary is responsible for the publication scheme.

Contact details are:-

Michelle Morris, Company Secretary
Caithness Heat and Power Limited
c/o Highland Council HQ
Glenurquhart Road
Inverness IV3 5NX Tel: (01463) 702845

The following person is responsible for maintaining the scheme on a daily basis:

Lorraine Dunn
Caithness Heat and Power Limited
c/o Council HQ
Glenurquhart road
Inverness IV2 3EA
Tel (01463) 702140

Complaints

If you have a complaint about this publication scheme, you should write, explaining your complaint, to:-

Michelle Morris, Company Secretary
Caithness Heat and Power Limited
c/o Council HQ
Glenurquhart Road
Inverness IV3 5NX

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Scottish Information Commissioner who oversees the Act and whose contact details are below.   From 1st January 2005, when the general right of access comes into force, there will be a formal appeal mechanism when information is withheld.   Further details on this will be available on the Commissioner’s website at www.itspublicknowledge.info before this date.

The contact details for the Commissioner are:

The Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9DS

Tel: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
e-mail address:  enquiries@itspublicknowledge.info