Freedom of Information Act

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 23rd June 2005.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and (b) NHS personnel in the Province have been employed on processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 1 January 2005.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

In (a) the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety 32 staff, and in (b) Health and Personnel Social Services bodies 214 staff, have been involved in processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 1 January 2005. Information is not available on the precise amount of time spent on processing freedom of information requests but it represents only a small proportion of the total working time of the staff involved.

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