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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 329W, on parliamentary questions, for what purpose Northern Ireland civil service officials in the North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat receive a daily list of all parliamentary questions tabled to Northern Ireland departments. (97090)

As part of the administrative arrangements for answering parliamentary questions, Northern Ireland civil service officials in the North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat routinely receive a copy of the daily list of all PQs allocated to the departments of the Northern Ireland administration. These arrangements ensure that officials, as in other Departments, are aware at an early stage of the questions on which they may be required to advise Ministers or on which other Departments may be seeking information or advice.