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Executive Agencies

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister whether she will list in the Official Report the subjects on which, as a result of the transfer of functions to executive agencies, Ministers will no longer answer questions.

Ministers remain fully accountable to Parliament for all the work of their Departments, including executive agencies. However, hon. Members may often wish in the first instance to deal directly with agency chief executives on those matters for which they have delegated authority under the agency's framework document and I would encourage them to do so. In such cases the chief executive will be best placed to give them a response promptly and effectively.