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Executive Agencies

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the advisory cost limit for answering parliamentary questions applies to answers provided by chief executives of executive agencies (a) in reply to parliamentary questions and (b) in reply to letters from hon. Members.

(a) Yes, and (b) no. The advisory limit has increased to £400, as announced in the Official Report, 14 January 1992 at column 546, and applies where the answers to written parliamentary questions are provided by chief executives of executive agencies. It does not apply to replies to letters from hon. Members.