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Departmental Parliamentary Questions

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) guidance and (b) training is provided by his Department to (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in relation to the answering of (A) written and (B) oral parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement. (191208)

[holding answer 3 March 2008]: Ministers appointed to work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) receive on arrival a bespoke briefing pack, which includes guidance on parliamentary procedures.

The FCO’s intranet contains written guidance on all aspects of parliamentary work, including drafting replies to written and oral questions. The FCO’s Parliamentary Relations Team run a one-day course for officials on parliamentary work, which includes advice on drafting replies to written and oral questions. In addition, FCO officials have the option of attending other courses on parliamentary work offered by the National School of Government.