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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost was to his Department of answering parliamentary questions in the last 12 months. (100466)

The former Financial Secretary my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Mr. Timms) confirmed in a written ministerial statement on 22 March 2005, Official Report, column 47WS, that with effect from 1 April 2005 the average cost of answering written and oral parliamentary questions was £134 and £369, respectively. I expect to be in a position early in the new parliamentary session to announce revised cost figures.

Treasury Ministers have answered some 6,800 written questions in the 2005-06 session at a cost of approximately £910,000 (assuming an average cost of £134).