Nearly all ministers fail to supply information requested under the Official Information Act (OIA) in the required time, a study by a blogsite has found.
Idiot/Savant of No Right Turn, a left-wing blogsite, gathered information using the Act over the past three months on how requests for information were handled.
The fastest answering ministers were: Chris Finlayson (who is Attorney-General, and has responsibility for Treaty negotiations and arts) who answered all requests within the 20 working day deadline and Maurice Williamson (a minister outside Cabinet responsible for a range of portfolios including building, customs and statistics) who answered 96.1 percent on time.
The slowest were:
* Gerry Brownlee (energy, economic development, leader of the house) — 39.7 percent on-time.
* Judith Collins (police, corrections, veterans’s affairs) — 48.3 percent.
* Tim Groser (trade, climate change negotiations) and Jonathan Coleman (immigration, broadcasting, tourism) — 50 percent.
* Kate Wilkinson (labour, conservation, food safety) — 52.3 percent.
* Phil Heatley (fisheries, housing) –54.2 percent.
* Paula Bennett (social development and employment, youth affairs) refused to cooperate with the survey.
The blogger said it was appalling that ministers were not ensuring they met the legal time limit.
Hopefully the sunlight will encourage more Ministers to meet the deadlines in future. They are a deadline – not a target.