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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Leader of the House how many parliamentary questions tabled and due for answer before the summer recess are awaiting a substantive reply. (87865)

To ask the Leader of the House which Government Departments answer parliamentary questions by means of (a) centralised answering and (b) officials involved in policy formation. (87866)

All Departments have central units for the administrative co-ordination and processing of answers. Officials responsible for the issue concerned will be involved in the preparation of the answer, under the arrangements made within that Department.

Ministers are responsible for the answers given. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for St. Albans (Anne Main) on 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1641W.