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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many written parliamentary questions to the (a) Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the 2005-06 session were not answered wholly or in part on the grounds of disproportionate cost; (112978)

(2) how many written parliamentary questions to the (a) Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the 2005-06 session were answered with a reply that it had not been possible to reply before prorogation;

(3) how many written parliamentary questions to (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the 2005-06 session did not receive an answer.

In the 2005-06 session, the Department for Communities and Local Government and its predecessor Department, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister received 6,057 written parliamentary questions, excluding questions transferred to other Departments. All questions tabled to the two Departments received an answer. Information on how many questions were not answered wholly or in part on the grounds of disproportionate cost is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Of the 6,057 written questions, 15 (0.25 per cent.) were answered with a reply that it had not been possible to reply before prorogation (12 of the 15 questions were tabled only two days prior to prorogation).