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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written answers to parliamentary questions to the Department have taken longer than 10 days to answer in each year since 1997. (83395)

10 days has no particular significance in relation to the answering of parliamentary questions. Indeed, as any period of 10 days will include at least one weekend and may also include other days on which the House of Commons is not sitting and questions cannot be answered, it is a meaningless yardstick against which to measure performance in answering questions. With that important caveat, the information sought by the hon. Member for each session since 1997-98 is given as follows:

Session

Answers given after more than 10 days

Percentage of all answers

1997-98

1,110

28.0

1998-99

653

30.8

1999-2000

584

22.1

2000-01

389

32.2

2001-02

1,237

22.5

2002-03

940

25.7

2003-04

701

22.1

2004-05

279

20.1

2005-061

1,164

23.6

The proportion of written answers given by the Treasury within the timescales set by the House (that is to say, on the nominated day in the case of named day questions and within a working week of tabling for ordinary questions) in each of the last three sessions is as follows:

Percentage

Session

Named day questions

Ordinary questions

2003-04

74.7

79.6

2004-05

79.4

84.3

2005-061

72.6

79.0

1 Up to 30 June 2006