Public Service Management Act, 1997

Strategy statement.

5.—(1) A statement referred to in this Act as a “strategy statement” shall—

(a) comprise the key objectives, outputs and related strategies (including use of resources) of the Department of State or Scheduled Office concerned,

(b) be prepared in a form and manner in accordance with any directions issued from time to time by the Government, and

(c) be submitted to and approved by the relevant Minister of the Government with or without amendment.

(2) The Minister of the Government shall, not later than 60 days after the strategy statement has been approved, cause a copy thereof to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

(3) The Freedom of Information Act, 1997, shall not apply to a record containing—

(a) a strategy statement that has not been approved under subsection (1) (c),

(b) a preliminary or other draft of the whole or part of the material contained in a strategy statement,

(c) the unamended version of a strategy statement that is approved under subsection (1) (c) with amendment, or

(d) a direction under section 7 in connection with the obligations of the Secretary General of a Department or Head of a Scheduled Office under section 4 (1) (b) or 5 (1),

during the period of 5 years immediately following the creation of the record.