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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many questions for written answer were tabled to his Department and its predecessor in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f) 2007-08 to date; and how many were (i) answered substantively and (ii) not answered on grounds of disproportionate cost. (235389)

The Ministry of Justice and its predecessor Departments have electronic records since the 2004-05 Session, therefore, the information for 2002-03 and 2003-04 is not available. The following table shows the number of ordinary written and named day Commons questions tabled to my Department and its predecessors from the 2004 Session.

Session

House of Commons ordinary written and named day questions tabled

2004-05

501

2005-06

2,700

2006-07

2,560

2007—14 November 2008

4,247

The information requested on how many questions were answered substantively and those that were not answered due to disproportionate costs are not held centrally, however, we are looking to adapt our database so the information is recorded from the new session.