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Departmental Written Questions

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average time his Department took to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day in the last 12 months. (313668)

The average time to answer ordinary written questions in 2009 was 7.93 working days and the average time to answer named day questions was 4.64 working days. Average times include days during parliamentary recesses when questions cannot be answered.

With effect from the current session of Parliament, each Department will provide the Procedure Committee with sessional statistics on the time taken to answer written questions. This implements recommendation 24 of the third report from the Procedure Committee, session 2008-09.


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