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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of parliamentary questions from hon. Members for answer on a named day received by her Department have received a (a) holding answer and (b) substantive answer by the named day in each year since 2001. (190293)

The Department for Transport was formed on 29 May 2002. Figures between that date and the beginning of parliamentary session 2002-03 are not available.

The requested information from the beginning of session 2002-03 is contained in the following table:

Named-day parliamentary questions receiving a holding answerNamed-day parliamentary questions receiving a substantive answer on the due date

Parliamentary session

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2002-03

117

21.8

420

78.2

2003-04

147

29.4

353

70.6

2004-05

76

32.2

164

67.8

2005-06

288

25.9

826

74.1

2006-07

119

16.6

599

83.4

My ministerial colleagues and I aim to ensure that hon. Members receive a substantive response to their named day question on the due day. Unfortunately this is not always possible but the Department for Transport makes every effort to achieve the timescales.