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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why it took until 22 May 2006 to send a substantive reply to question 48371 on HMP Chelmsford tabled by the hon. Member for West Chelmsford for answer on 6 February; and if he will make a statement. (73866)

[holding answer 5 June 2006]: I am sorry the hon. Member did not receive a more prompt reply to his question.

Ministers and officials make every effort to answer questions substantively in accordance with performance guidelines. However this delay is unacceptable.

I have asked those responsible for oversight of my Department’s PQs to improve our performance.