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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (201757)

The information is not available in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the following tables shows the number of ordinary written questions answered within five working and named day questions answered on the named day since October 2007.

Ordinary written questions

Month

Received

Answered within five working days

Percentage

October 2007

371

180

49

November 2007

373

139

37

December 2007

419

79

19

January 2008

353

141

40

February 2008

264

132

50

March 2008

374

162

43

Named day questions

Month

Received

Answered on or before the named day

Percentage

October 2007

77

23

30

November 2007

54

24

44

December 2007

53

17

32

January 2008

74

31

42

February 2008

48

26

54

March 2008

75

39

52

Total

Month

Received

Answered within five working days or on or before the named day

Percentage

October 2007

448

203

45

November 2007

427

163

38

December 2007

472

96

20

January 2008

427

172

40

February 2008

312

158

51

March 2008

449

201

44