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Departmental Parliamentary Questions

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) parliamentary questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers. (174952)

There are 10 staff in the parliamentary branch, of whom six deal exclusively with parliamentary questions. The four other post holders deal with parliamentary questions as part of their duties, equating to approximately one post. Staff in the parliamentary branch do not deal with correspondence.