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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (307538)

The information requested is in the following table.

Named day PQs Session 2008-09

Tabled

Replied to on named day

Percentage

December 2008

42

20

48

January 2009

77

42

55

February 2009

75

34

43

March 2009

83

51

61

April 2009

65

46

71

May 2009

71

51

72

June 2009

49

34

69

July 2009

15

12

80

August 2009

n/a

n/a

n/a

September 2009

38

31

82

October 2009

69

46

67

November 2009

82

46

56

December 2009

47

34

72

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.