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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (201758)

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

The available information is set out in the following tables.

Total written questions received

Total number of PQs answered within five sitting days

Percentage

November

559

357

63.9

December

359

220

61.3

January

425

265

62.4

February

407

286

70.3

March

371

256

69

Total named day questions received

Total number of PQs answered on time

Percentage

November

133

49

36.8

December

67

27

40.3

January

143

61

42.7

February

69

33

47.8

March

71

20

28.2

My ministerial colleagues and I are committed to answering written parliamentary questions promptly. Unfortunately, this is not always possible.