Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (533)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

533. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number 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. [9285/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Freedom of Information data requested is set out in the following table.

In relation to your request for data concerning appeals, I have included data on both internal reviews carried out by more senior members of staff within my Department and on appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC).

If a requester is not satisfied with the response of my Department to any aspect of his/her request for information he/she can seek to have the decision re-examined. The internal review of an FOI decision is carried out by a more senior member of staff within my Department. Following the outcome of the internal review of the decision, if a requester is still unhappy with the decision, he/she has the right to appeal the decision to the OIC.

My Department did not appeal any of the OIC decisions in question to the High Court.

Number of FOI.....

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014 

2015

2016

2017

Requests received

214

243

255

275

205

319

347

391

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decisions reviewed internally

28

31

29

31

19

39

22

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decisions appealed to OIC

17

4

16

8

10

9

9

12

Decisions affirmed by OIC

4

3

4

4

6

4

1

4

Decisions varied by OIC

5

0

4

1

0

0

3

3

Decisions annulled by OIC

0

0

2

0

1

1

1

0

Appeals to OIC withdrawn

8

1

6

3

3

4

4

3

Appeals to OIC on-going

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2