Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (328)

Barry Cowen

Question:

328. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the date of each review and revision of the material published under the publication scheme of her Department as outlined in section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48206/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department's Freedom of Information (FOI) publication scheme is based on the model publication scheme set out under Section 8 (7) of the FOI Act. This contains six different sections and these sections are updated at different intervals, reflecting the nature of the information contained in them.

For example, the section giving details of FOI contacts was updated as recently as October of this year while the procurement section was updated in May 2019. Other elements of the publication scheme do not require such frequent updating - for example, the material on the role and functions of the Department does not require regular alteration. All elements of the scheme are kept under review and updated as is necessary.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.