Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (672)

Jack Chambers

Question:

672. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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. [51464/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The table below shows the number of Freedom of Information requests received and the number of such requests refused by my Department for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (to end November).

My Department does not routinely collate the information sought in respect of the Information Commissioner's decisions in the format requested, but details on decisions made by the Information Commissioner in respect of my Department can be found on the website of the Office of the Information Commissioner at https://www.oic.ie/decisions/, which can be searched by Department name. The Commissioner's website shows that seven of the Department's decisions were either varied or annulled during the relevant period. It should be noted that the Department's name changed from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to its current title during 2016.

Total number of FOI Requests Received

FOI Requests Refused

2019 (to end Nov)

294

64

2018

455

121

2017

351

86

2016

393

82