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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many questions tabled for answer on a named day his Department received in each of the last 12 months; and to how many such questions his Department provided a substantive answer on the day named. (305383)

Details of the number of questions tabled for answer on a named day and those that received a substantive answer on the day named are shown in the following table:

Number of named day questions tabled

Percentage of named day questions that received a substantive answer on the day named

December 2008

2

100

January 2009

1

100

February 2009

0

n/a

March 2009

11

90

April 2009

5

100

May 2009

1

0

June 2009

0

n/a

July 2009

6

100

August 2009

0

n/a

September 2009

0

n/a

October 2009

0

n/a

November 2009

2

100

Central guidance on answering parliamentary questions is now available in the “Guide to Parliamentary Work”, at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/parliamentary-clerk-guide.aspx

In the response to the Procedure Committee Report on written parliamentary questions, the Government accepted the Committee’s recommendation that Departments be required to provide the Procedure Committee with sessional statistics in a standard format on the time taken to respond to written parliamentary questions, accompanied by an explanatory memorandum setting out any factors affecting their performance. This will be taken forward as soon as possible.