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Departmental Correspondence

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by her Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008. (244707)

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House.

In respect of other correspondence and emails from the public, only non-individually addressed correspondence is managed centrally. The information requested cannot be obtained save at disproportionate cost as to do so would require gathering information from every official in the Department.