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Departments: Written Questions

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written parliamentary questions his Department took longer than 10 days to answer in 2006-07. (133442)

10 days has no particular significance in relation to the answering of parliamentary questions. As any period of 10 days will include at least one weekend and may also include other days on which the House of Commons may not be sitting and questions cannot be answered, it is a meaningless yardstick against which to measure performance in answering questions. In 2006-07, questions tabled shortly before the Christmas, February and Easter recesses did not fall for answer until after the 10-day point.

In the present session, 80.4 per cent. of the written questions to the Treasury have been answered within the timescales set by the House—that is to say, on the nominated day in the case of named day questions and within a working week of tabling for ordinary questions.