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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (201761)

The Department’s systems are currently unable to provide the breakdown requested and to do so would incur disproportionate cost. I can confirm that since the beginning of this Session and up to 31 March 2008 the Department has received a total of 1,151 PQs: 141 Named Day and 1,010 Ordinary Written PQs. The parliamentary team have been maintaining a manual check on all Named Day PQs to monitor the timeliness of replies and the Department’s statistics for answering named day PQs for the months of November 2007 to March 2008 are shown in the table as follows.

Total Named Day PQs received

Total Named Day PQs answered on time (%)

November 2007

46

37

December 2007

23

35

January 2008

16

6

February 2008

17

35

March 2008

27

11

April 2008

15

80