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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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. (305373)

The information requested is shown in the table and covers the Session from 3 December 2008 to 12 November 2009.

Number of named day questions for answer

Number of questions answered substantively on the named day

December 2008

45

40

January 2009

75

54

February 2009

74

63

March 2009

92

56

April 2009

35

22

May 2009

79

40

June 2009

65

36

July 2009

100

62

August 2009

0

0

September 2009

59

31

October 2009

81

47

November 2009

45

31

Total

750

482

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.