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Written Answers

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

8. To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she has provided to Ministers on arrangements to ensure that answers to parliamentary questions for written answer are provided first to the hon. Member who tabled the question. (270332)

Good practice for all Government Departments is that the answers should be available to hon. Members prior to them being distributed elsewhere in the House, for example to the Library, Hansard, Table Office and Press Gallery.

9. To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of answers given by Ministers to parliamentary questions for written answer. (270333)

Ministers are fully aware of their responsibilities to this House in respect of written questions. The Leader of the House keeps the quality of Ministers' answers to written parliamentary questions under continuous review.

To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations she has received from hon. Members on the completeness of answers to parliamentary questions for written answer. (270328)

My right hon. and learned Friend and I receive regular representations on a variety of issues relating to the answer of written parliamentary questions.

Ministers are fully aware of their responsibilities to this House in respect of written questions. The Leader of the House keeps the quality of Ministers' answers to written parliamentary questions under continuous review.