Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (225)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

225. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number of requests which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number where the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9289/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

My Department received a total of 4,476 Freedom of Information requests in the period 2010 to 2017 inclusive. 

The information requested by the Deputy for the eight year period in question is set out in the following tables.

Number of Freedom of Information requests received

4,476

Number of internal reviews of decisions sought

163

Number of review decisions appealed to the Office of the Information Commissioner

48

Outcome of Office of the Information Commissioner appeals

Upheld

12

Withdrawn

12

Settlement reached

9

Varied

7

Annulled

6

Appeals currently under consideration

2

There were no High Court appeals taken by my Department against decisions of the Office of the Information Commissioner for the eight year period in question.

The Office of the Information Commissioner keeps the operation of the Freedom of Information Act under review and publishes relevant statistics in its Annual Reports.