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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of parliamentary questions tabled for written answer by his Department on a named day in session 2008-09 received a substantive answer on that day. (307551)

My Department1 received 502 parliamentary questions tabled for answer on a named day during the parliamentary Session 2008-09. The amount given a substantive reply on the named day was 244 (48.61 per cent.)

My Department endeavours to answer all named day parliamentary questions on the allocated day but where this is not possible we aim to provide a substantive reply at the earliest opportunity possible.

Central guidance on answer parliamentary questions is now available in the ‘Guide to Parliamentary Work’, at

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.

1 Includes figures for named day parliamentary questions tabled to the Minister for the Olympics.