Written Answers. - Freedom of Information Act.

John Bruton

Question:

58 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Taoiseach the number of requests for information to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997, which have been refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1732/99]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

59 Mr. Quinn asked the Taoiseach the number of applications to his Department in 1998 under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997; the percentage of those applications from members of the public as opposed to public representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1913/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 59 together.

Some 94 requests under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997, have been received in my Department between the commencement of the Act, 21 April 1998, and 22 January 1999. The breakdown is as follows:

By Source

Media

53

56%

Members of Oireachtas

12

13%

Other

29

31%

By outcome

Granted in full or part

42

Refused

12

No records

18

(Deemed “refused” in accordance with section 10(1)(a) of the Act.)

Still underconsideration

11

Transferred to otherDepartments

6

Withdrawn

5

All Freedom of Information Act requests are dealt with in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Act by staff designated pursuant to section 4 of the Act.