Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (271)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

271. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of freedom of information requests made to his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50600/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department received 1,493 Freedom of information requests in the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (to 30 November). The breakdown of these requests is contained on the attached spreadsheet.

With regards to the breakdown of requests refused, the information sought is not readily available and its compilation would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work.  The most common reasons for applying exemptions where FOI requests have been refused during the time period included:

- Records do not exist or cannot be found

- Records are commercially sensitive

- Records are subject to deliberative process

- Records are legally privileged

- Records are in the public domain.

Freedom of Information Requests received by DHPLG

2016

2017

2018

Up to 30th November 2019

FOI Requests Granted

                  89

                  97

               131

                  76

FOI Requests Part-granted

               110

                103

               120

                  81

FOI Requests Refused

                  82

                  86

               121

                  64

FOI Requests Transferred

                  14

                  12

                    1

                    1

FOI Requests Withdrawn/Lapsed

                  98

                  53

                  82

                  44

FOI Requests Pending in 2019

                  28

Total FOI Requests Received

               393

                351

               455

                294

Internal Reviews - Original Decision Upheld

                  15

                    7

                    9

                    6

Internal Reviews - Original Decision Varied 

                    2

                    2

                    6

                    1

Internal Reviews - Pending Decision

                     -

                     -

                     -

                    1

Internal Reviews - Withdrawn

                    1

                     -

                     -

                     -

Total Internal Reviews received

                  18

                    9

                  15

                    8

Amount of S&R Fees

 €    1,407.00

 €    1,018.00

 €    1,290.00

 €       700.00

Internal Review Fee

 €       320.00

 €       270.00

 €       330.00

 €       180.00

Number of FOI Requests that required S&R Fee

                    9

                    5

                    6

                    2