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Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average cost to her Department was of replying to a letter written (a) by an hon. Member and (b) by a member of the public in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much of that sum is accounted for by (i) officials' time, (ii) cost of stationery and (iii) postage costs. (80475)

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members, peers' correspondence. The report for 2005 was published on 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 76-78WS. The information requested is not recorded and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.