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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months. (201752)

Information to the level of detail requested is obtainable only at disproportionate cost.

Treasury Ministers are committed to answering written parliamentary questions promptly whenever possible. In the present parliamentary Session 71 per cent. of the 2,063 ordinary written questions we have received have been answered within a working week of tabling (as provided for in Erskine May, twenty-third edition, page 342) and 56 per cent. of our 538 named day questions have been answered on the day nominated by questioners. The corresponding figures for the whole of the 2006-07 session were 83 per cent. (of 3,689 questions) and 71 per cent. (of 743 questions) respectively.