Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (259)

Jack Chambers

Question:

259. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of freedom of information requests in which his Department made a decision to deny; and the number in which the Information Commissioner overturned the decision of his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [51465/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The table below sets out the information requested by the Deputy. The number of requests where the Information Commissioner overturned or varied the decision of my Department is set out in the last line of the table. To assist the Deputy, information on the outcomes of internal reviews has also been included.

Year

2016

2017

2018

2019 (YTD 30/11/2019)

No. FOI requests received

583

769

827

828

Outcome

Granted

159

163

235

197

Part granted

206

250

302

309

Refused

161

274

201

191

Transferred

7

3

4

1

Withdrawn

26

45

48

58

Withdrawn and handled outside of Act

32

45

63

11

Cases on hand at year end

109

125

99

160

Appeals*

Internal Appeals Total

76

125

72

61*

Internal Appeals Granted/Part granted/Withdrawn and handled outside the Act

47

45

37

28

Internal Appeals Refused

29

80

35

23

Information Commissioner Reviews

Overturned / Varied

12

28

7

1

*A number of reviews are still being processed.