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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what proportion of written parliamentary questions her Department did not answer on the grounds of disproportionate cost, in each of the last five years; (193169)

(2) what proportion of named day written parliamentary questions her Department answered on the date named in the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) what the average length of time taken for her Department to answer written parliamentary questions was in the latest period for which figures are available;

(4) how many written parliamentary questions to her Department were answered within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) six months in each of the last five years.

[holding answer 12 March 2008]: Information on written parliamentary questions answered on grounds of disproportionate costs is not held centrally.

Information on the number of named day parliamentary questions answered on the date named since the 2006-07 session is given in the following table:

Session

Named day questions received

Answered substantively on the named day1

Proportion answered substantively on the named day (percentage)

2006-7

1260

443

35

2007-82

404

155

38

1 All questions not answered substantively on the named day receive a holding answer.

2 Data based on questions answered up to 12 March 2008

The average length of time taken for the Department to answer written parliamentary questions is not held centrally.

The number of parliamentary questions answered within one to six months since 2006-07 is given in the following table:

Session

2006-071

2007-082

Number of written parliamentary questions answered in months

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

One

5,680

95

1,815

97

Two

187

3

59

3

Three

74

1

Four

12

0.2

Five

6

0.1

Six

3

0.05

1 Based on 5,964 questions answered in 2006-7.

2 Data based on 1,874 questions answered in 2007-08 to 12 March 2008.

Information prior to 2006-07 is not held centrally in the format requested.