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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2010, Official Report, columns 769-70W, on Departmental written questions, what mechanisms are in place for monitoring his Department's performance in answering parliamentary questions for written answer; and what targets he has set for the time taken to answer such questions. (314469)

The Department's performance in answering parliamentary questions is monitored by its Management Board.

In CLG, Ministers endeavour to provide hon. Members with a substantive response to their named day question on the date specified, and to answer ordinary written questions within a working week of being tabled. In 2009, CLG Ministers received:

862 questions for answer on a named day of which 708 (82 per cent.) received a substantive answer on the due date; and

4,853 ordinary written questions of which 4,112 (85 per cent.) were answered within a working week.