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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many questions for written answer were tabled to his Department 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. (235403)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Parliamentary session

Written questions received1

Answered substantively

Disproportionate cost answer

2002-03

4,622

4,394

228

2003-04

3,745

3,480

265

2004-05

1,714

1,645

69

2005-06

4,736

4,453

283

2006-07

3,663

3,414

249

2007-08

4,291

3,765

526

Total

22,771

21,151

1,620

1 Including named day questions

Data are not recorded separately that identify where a disproportionate cost answer was given wholly or as part of the answer. The figures for disproportionate cost answers therefore include those which were partially answered.