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Written Questions: Government Responses

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Leader of the House how many questions tabled to each Department for written answer on a named day were (a) answered with a holding answer, (b) answered on the named day, (c) answered later than the named day and (d) not answered in each of the last four years; how many questions tabled to each Department for ordinary written answer were (i) answered within two weeks of tabling, (ii) answered more than two weeks after tabling and (iii) not answered in each such year; and what the (A) average and (B) maximum time taken by each Department to answer such questions was in each such year. (264432)

The information that the hon. Member has requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The statistics for written parliamentary questions tabled to the Leader of the House of Commons for the past four Sessions are detailed in the table.

Session

Percentage of named day questions answered on the specified day

Percentage of ordinary written answered within five working days

Average number of sitting days to answer ordinary written questions

2004-05

100 (14 of 14)

97 (38 of 39)

2.9

2005-06

100 (72 of 72)

100 (189 of 189)

2.8

2006-07

100 (40 of 40)

99 (163 of 165)

2.7

2007-08

100 (40 of 40)

99.5 (201 of 202)

2.9