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Parliamentary Questions

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department (a) in the 2005-06 session were and (b) so far this session have been colour- coded (i) red, (ii) amber/yellow and (iii) green since the introduction of the colour coding system; (113303)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of internal department guidance on the system of colour-coding for management of written parliamentary questions in operation in his Department.

The Department aims to answer parliamentary questions within the timescales set by Parliament. For the early part of the 2006-07 session, the Department trialled an informal system of colour- coding parliamentary questions to help improve internal processes for answering parliamentary questions. No formal guidance was issued on the operation of the system, nor was any information systematically collected on the number of questions colour-coded as a result. The Department has subsequently decided to discontinue the trial.