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Point of Order

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I get your guidance on the speed with which written questions are answered, especially in the Department for Work and Pensions? On 19 December 2005 I tabled a question on the cost of departmental Christmas cards, which was answered on 14 June 2006—some six months later—at a cost of about £3,000. I hope that they are more prompt in getting out their Christmas cards than they are in getting out their parliamentary answers.

The hon. Gentleman must be aware that the speed with which Ministers answer written questions is not a matter for the Chair. He might, however, like to read yesterday's Adjournment debate, which was very much about these matters; he might find that of interest.