Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (671)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

671. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of freedom of information requests her Department has received in the past eight years; the number accepted without further escalation and not accepted, respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person making the freedom of information request; the number in which the Office of the Information Commissioner ruled against her Department; the number her Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against her Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9290/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The number of freedom of information (FOI) requests received in the Department in the past 8 years which were granted, part-granted or refused is set out in table 1.

The number of FOI requests where a review by the OIC was requested in the past 8 years which were accepted and the decision to affirm or rule against is set out in table 2.

There were none appealed to the High Court or to the Court of Appeal from this Department.

Table 1:

Number and outcome of (FOI) Requests received in the Dept 2010 – 2017

Year

Total Received*

Requests Granted

Requests Part Granted

Refused

 2010

859

639

169

36

 2011

1106

713

276

56

 2012

1686

1168

331

64

 2013

2148

1550

378

96

 2014

2193

1375

524

111

 2015

2156

1276

696

106

 2016

2089

1005

821

104

 2017

2443

1136

932

166

* It should be noted that there are also a number of FOI requests that are carried over from one year to the next and a number are withdrawn/transferred out etc.

Table 2:

Number and outcome of (FOI) Requests where a review by the OIC was requested from 2010 – 2017

Year

Total No. of cases where customer requested an OIC review*

Cases where the OIC accepted the request for a review

Cases where OIC affirmed the DEASP decision

Cases where OIC ruled  against the DEASP decision

 2010

7

6

1

0

 2011

7

6

4

0

 2012

17

8

6

1

 2013

16

12

6

0

 2014

32

20

7

1

 2015

17

11

5

2

 2016

18

13

9

0

 2017

39

26

13

1

* It should be noted that there are also a number of cases that are withdrawn/closed etc.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.