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Written Questions

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of Parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to her Department received a (a) holding and (b) substantive answer on the named day in each year since 2001. (190286)

Details of how many and what proportion of named day parliamentary questions the Home Office answered since 2006-07 is given in the following table:

Session

2006-07

2007-081

Named day questions received

1,260

404

Answered substantively on the named day2

443

155

Proportion answered substantively on the named day (percentage)

35

38

1 To 12 March 2008

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

Information prior to 2006-07 is not held in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many questions for written answer to her Department had not received an answer as at 25 February 2008 for (a) between two and four, (b) between four and six, (c) between six and eight and (d) more than eight weeks; and how many in each category were tabled for named day answer. (193396)

The information requested is given in the following table.

Questions that had not received an answer as at 25 February 2008

Questions awaiting answer

Weeks

Ordinary written

Named day

2-4

61

10

4-6

37

10

6-8

10

4

8 plus

47

14