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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for written answer should be answered because it would be in the public interest to do so, even though to do so would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold of £700. (249129)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not answered any questions where the cost of preparing the answer would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold as Ministers did not believe it to be in the public interest to answer such questions irrespective of cost.