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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unanswered parliamentary questions from the 2005-06 parliamentary session were categorised as (a) red, (b) amber and (c) green according to the recently introduced traffic light system used in his Department for processing questions; and if he will make a statement. (102941)

The Department does not keep formal records either of whether individual questions are colour-coded, or of what colour they are given if they are colour-coded. As there is no formal departmental monitoring system in place in relation to the trialling of the new system of colour coding; the information is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department operates an internal traffic light or colour-coded system to determine when replies are given to written parliamentary questions. (103061)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has a traffic light system in place for processing parliamentary questions, where questions are categorised using a colour code. (103154)

The Department began trialing in October of this year an informal colour-coding system to identify questions of which press office should be made aware, and for which Ministers wish separate media briefing to be developed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Parliamentary Questions to his Department remained unanswered at the end of the last parliamentary session, broken down by subject. (103375)

The parliamentary questions that remained unanswered at the end of the last parliamentary Session are listed by subject in the following table:

Subject

Questions for which no reply was given by prorogation

Questions for which a prorogation reply was given

Asylum Seekers

97512

Benefit Forecasting

96113

99847

Benefits

87319; 90187; 90447; 90452; 92106; 96316

Bereavement Benefits

100048

Carers Benefit

100197; 100199; 100202; 100203

Child Poverty

97245; 99726

Child Support

90200; 93027; 95083; 96302; 96953; 96966; 97031; 97192; 97193; 97194; 97200; 97201; 97287; 97306; 98099; 98101; 98247; 98326; 98327; 98328; 98329; 98758; 98929; 98930; 98931; 98932; 100236

99329; 99330

City Strategy

96181

Contracts

91702; 95159

Correspondence

92914

Employees

98318

Employment

97659

99939

Finance

96117; 96121; 96225; 97273

Fraud

90545; 92840; 95996

Green Issues

98250

Health And Safety

99457; 100370; 100372

Housing Benefit

99729

99728

Incapacity Benefit

90186; 90464; 96115; 97459; 97461; 97462; 97463; 97464; 97465; 97466; 97467; 97468; 97469; 97470; 98854

100434

Incomes

98381

Industrial Injuries Benefits

99841; 99842; 99843

Information Technology

88969; 97548; 97553

95860; 97550; 97551; 97554

Interviews

94326

Job Centre Plus

95056; 97135; 97136

Jobseekers Allowance

97741

100060

Local Authorities

99923

Local Housing Allowance

96295

Lone Parents

90189

National Insurance Numbers

81749; 91212; 93435; 95685; 97296; 97445; 99577

New Deal

90193; 90195; 95503; 96114; 96208

Pathways Pilots

94262

Pension Credit

90419; 90433; 90434; 90460

Pension Service

96317

Pensions

90202; 94084; 97658

Personal Accounts

90441

Poverty

90203; 91542

Remploy

91765

97312

Rent Service

100381; 100422; 100447

State Pensions

90394; 90412; 90416; 90417; 90424; 90425; 90427; 90458; 90461; 95882; 96321; 96322; 96539; 96540; 96541; 97214

100457; 100460

Welfare Reform

89720

100196

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the average length of time taken to answer written parliamentary questions to his Department in each year since 2001. (103376)

For the period between 1 December 2005 and 30 November 2006 the Department took an average of 16.0 working days to respond to Commons written parliamentary questions.

For the period from 1 June to 31 December 2005 I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to the hon. Member for Yeovil on 7 March 2006, Official Report, column 1352W. For the session 2002-03, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale, West on 4 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1056-57W.

To obtain information for previous years would incur disproportionate cost. The Department seeks to answer all parliamentary questions according to parliamentary timescales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department grades or classifies written parliamentary questions according to their political sensitivity. (103378)

The Department began trialling in October of this year a colour-coding system to identify questions of which press office should be made aware, and for which Ministers wish separate media briefing to be developed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what systems are in place in his Department for classifying written parliamentary questions when they are tabled; and if he will make a statement. (103377)