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Correspondence

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old. (114602)

We have replied to 90 per cent. of the letters received by Ministers from hon. Members within 20 working days in both the 2005 and 2006 calendar years. We have also taken action to ensure the remainder are being dealt with as soon as possible thereafter. The available information shows that 425 of the letters received by Ministers from hon. Members during the 2006 calendar year remained unanswered on 10 January 2007. Of these (a) 64 were one month old, (b) seven were two months old and (c) six were three months old, (d) one was four months old and (e) none was older.