Thursday, 8 February 2018
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Freedom of Information Data
117. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of freedom of information requests received by his Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017; the average time taken in these years to complete the requests by his Department; the number of requests to his Department for these years that ran beyond the deadline for the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6893/18]
The number of freedom of information requests received by my Department in each of the years 2013 to 2017 is set out in the table below.
In general, officers of my Department respond to freedom of information requests within 20 working days. However, from time to time due to the nature and/or number of records it is not possible to respond to a request for access within the time limits as set out in the Freedom of Information Act 2014. In such cases the period of consideration is extended in agreement with the requester.
In the time available it is not possible to provide the number of requests responded to outside the typical time limits for the period in question.
|Year||Number of FOI requests received|