Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (129)

Arthur Morgan


243 Mr. Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of files in her Department released to the National Archives under the 30-year rule; the number withheld; the subject matter of the files withheld; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1582/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

My Department's records show that 3,222 files were transferred to the National Archives for release under the 30-year rule. A further 40 files relating to policy, general administration and operation of both the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the redundancy payments section of the Department were retained under section 8(2) of the National Archives Act 1986 because they are in regular use in the Department and their transfer to the National Archives would seriously interfere with the administration of the Department.

Since the establishment of the Employment Appeals Tribunal in 1967, a large number of files relating to individual cases under various pieces of legislation have been withheld under section 8(4) of the National Archives Act 1986. Under the same section, files have also been retained by the redundancy payments section as they contained information in respect of redundancy lump sums and rebate information in respect of individuals and/or the recovery of money owed to the social insurance fund.

Questions Nos. 244 and 245 answered with Question No. 233.