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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer questions (a) 24586, (b) 46531, (c) 62787, (d) 62788, (e) 63040, (f) 63044 and (g) 63323, on tax credits, tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil. (74824)

I answered question 63044 on 5 June 2006 and question 24586 as long ago as 10 January 2006. The other questions to which the hon. Gentleman refers are among 84 of the 535 questions he has tabled to the Chancellor in the present session which it has not yet been possible to answer.

75 of these unanswered questions were received yesterday and today alone. Determining precisely what information the hon. Member is seeking, whether it differs from or simply duplicates information which has already been provided to him (often on more than one occasion) and ascertaining whether the data concerned are in the process of being assembled in answer to earlier similar questions is a time-consuming task which is seldom capable of being accomplished quickly.