174. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality 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. [6896/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

Year Number of Requests Number of decisions issued
2013 550 573
2014 920 864
2015 941 950
2016 583 591
2017 796 780

The number of decisions issued per annum includes a carryover of live cases from the previous year.
Dealing with Freedom of Information requests is part of the daily work of staff across my Department so the time spent processing requests is not recorded separately. Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide the details on the number of requests that ran beyond the deadline as those statistics are not readily available from the Department's current tracking system. The Department is in the process of introducing a new electronic FOI processing system during 2018, which will make it possible to provide more detailed processing statistics in the future.