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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to his Department received a (a) holding and (b) substantive answer on the named day in each year since 2001. (190280)

Electronic records are only available from 18 May 2005 onwards. To obtain the information requested prior to this date would involve an extensive manual trawl of records which could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

The following table provides the information that is available.

Holding answers issuedSubstantive answers issued

Total number of PQs received1

Total number of named day questions

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

18 May 2005 to end 2005

2,846

363

168

46

195

54

2006

4,023

617

377

61

240

39

20072

1,421

220

105

48

115

52

2008 up to 22 February 2008

146

21

5

24

16

76

1 Inclusive of transfers and withdrawals.

2 Reduction in the overall number of PQs received due to the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly (8 May 2007).