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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether officials in her Department have discussed with other Departments co-ordinating responses to round robin written Parliamentary questions in the last 12 months. (112077)

The Government made clear in their response to the Third Report of Session 2003-04 from the Public Administration Select Committee, that while Government Departments may liaise with each other when they receive the same question, this co-ordination

“does not cut across the line of ministerial accountability which is that it is for individual Ministers to decide on the final content of an answer to a Parliamentary Question”.1

1 Page 3, HC 1262, Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report—First Special Report of Session 2003-04.