Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (553)

Barry Cowen


553. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when the disclosures log made by her Department under freedom of information was last updated; if this is in line with the disclosure policy of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46467/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department processes a large number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests annually, with 2,443 and 2,510 requests received in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The FOI Code of Practice states that disclosure logs in relation to non-personal requests should be published on a regular basis.

The last publication of a disclosure log by the Department was in respect of FOI requests received in 2016.

I am advised that the Department has completed the 2017 disclosure log and will be published shortly. I am also advised that the Department intends publishing the 2018 disclosure log before the end of the year.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.