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Investigation into the Operation of Section 10(1)(a) of the FOI Acts

Published  October 2013

An Investigation into the Operation of Section 10(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Acts, 1997 & 2003.

An Investigation by the Information Commissioner into the manner in which public bodies have used Section 10(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 & 2003, to refuse FOI requests that involve searches for records. A report in accordance with section 36 of the FOI Act, 1997.

Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Background and Summary of Recommendations
  3. Methodology
  4. Examination of the Selected Public Bodies & General Findings
  5. Examination of the Selected Public Bodies
  6. Recommendations
  7. Appendix I - Initial Letters to Heads and Liaison Officers of Public Bodies
  8. Appendix II - Table Summarising the Usage of Section 10(1)(a) by the Surveyed Bodies
  9. Appendix III - Letters to Heads and FOI Officers of Selected Bodies
  10. Appendix IV - Percentage of Section 10(1)(a) Refusals Examined for selected bodies.