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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date. (115316)

The Department received 5,007 questions, out of which 3,826 were ordinary written and 791 were named day.

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 being tabled. Unfortunately, this is not always possible but this Department makes every effort to achieve these timescales.