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Parliamentary Session

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many hours the House sat in each session (a) in 1980, (b) in 1990 and (c) in each session between 1996 and 2006; (227355)

To ask the Leader of the House how many hours the House spent considering (a) primary legislation on the Floor of the House and (b) delegated legislation (i) in Committee and (ii) on the floor of the House in each session commencing in (A) 1980, (B) 1990 and (C) each session between 1996 and 2006.[Official Report, 10 November 2008, Vol. 482, c. 3MC.] (227367)

The information given in the table is available in the sessional information digests:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsid.htm

Number of hours the house sat each sessionNumber of hours considering primary legislation on the floor of the houseNumber of hours considering delegated legislation on the floor of the house

Hours

Minutes

Hours

Minutes

Hours

Minutes

1980-81

1,485

11

n/a

n/a

1990-91

1,373

53

393

64

65

50

1996-97

717

45

221

41

45

88

1997-98

2,117

36

859

45

42

65

1998- 99

1,378

50

458

64

36

62

1999-2000

1,442

41

640

66

31

88

2000-01

690

27

283

36

26

82

2001-02

1,540

40

676

93

24

58

2002-03

1,287

15

484

53

18

12

2003-04

1,215

19

460

89

14

35

2004-05

531

16

216

15

9

30

2005-06

1,572

07

701

79

18

09

2006-07

1,118

52

367

04

17

61

n/a = Not available. Up until the 1984-85 session the sitting hours were not broken down. Therefore, only the total number of sitting hours can be provided.

The number of hours considering primary legislation and delegated legislation in committee can be provided only at disproportionate cost.