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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many written Parliamentary Questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session were answered with a reply that it had not been possible to reply before Prorogation, or with similar wording; (112962)

(2) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session were not answered wholly or in part on grounds of disproportionate cost;

(3) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session did not receive an answer.

This Department issued 23 Prorogation replies before the House prorogued on 8 November. Eleven of these parliamentary questions were tabled on 6 November and it was not possible to respond within the timescale. Six have since been re-tabled and all have had a substantive reply.

The Department’s PQ Tracking System is however unable to break down the other data requested and to do so would incur disproportionate cost. This Department aims to ensure that Members receive a substantive response to their named day question on the named day, and endeavours to answer ordinary written questions within a working week of their being tabled.