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Volume 596: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Written Statements

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Committees and Implementation Taskforces (Membership)

Today I am publishing an updated Cabinet Committees list. Alongside the Committees, the Prime Minister has created 10 implementation taskforces to monitor and drive delivery of the Government’s most important cross-cutting priorities. I have placed a copy of the new list in the Libraries of both Houses.

Attachments can be viewed online at:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/ Commons/2015-06-03/HCWS12

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Handling Members' Correspondence

I am today publishing a report on the performance of Departments and agencies on handling correspondence from Members and Peers during the calendar year 2014.

Details are set out in the table below. Correspondence statistics for 2013 can be found on 13 May 2014, Official Report, column 17WS.

Departmental figures are based on substantive replies unless otherwise indicated. The footnotes to the table provide general background information on how the figures have been compiled.

Correspondence from MP/Peers to Ministers and Agency Chief Executives 2014 (1)

Department or Agency

Target set for reply (working days)

Number of letters received

% of replies within target

Attorney General’s Office

20

434

82

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

15

6,382

81

- Insolvency Service

15

87

87

- Intellectual Property Office

10

5

80

- Land Registry

15

151

92

- Met Office

10

1

0

- Ordnance Survey

15

4

100

- Skills Funding Agency

10

663

99

Cabinet Office

15

3,257

71

Charity Commission

15

225

89

Department for Communities and Local Government

10

8,574

42

- Planning Inspectorate

10

853

86

Crown Prosecution Service

20

450

98

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

20

3,638

85

Ministry of Defence

20

3,746

67

Department for Education

15

14,189

70

Department of Energy and Climate Change

15

5,046

66

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

15

10,595

72

- Animal and Plant Health Agency

15

26

65

- Rural Payments Agency

15

100

85

Food Standards Agency (*)

20

175

87

(*) FSA Ministers replies

20

101

85

(*) FSA Chair/CE replies

20

74

90

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

20

11,649

88

Department of Health

18

17,932

97

- Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

18

27

96

- Public Health England

18

42

98

Home Office

15

6,529

66

- UK Visas and Immigration/Immigration Enforcement/Border Force

20

45,206

89

- Her Majesty’s Passport Office (2)

15

3,128

Jan-Aug: 71

Sep-Dec: 63

Department for International Development

15

3,103

92

Ministry of Justice

15

3,419

64

- HM Courts Service and Tribunals Service (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

785

58

(*) Where CEO replied

15

323

94

- National Archives (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

18

76

(*) Where CEO replied

10

10

100

- National Offender Management Service

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

1,148

72

(*) Where CEO replied

20

318

97

- Office of the Public Guardian (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

58

83

(*) Where CEO replied

10

72

97

- Official Solicitor and Public Trustee

15

16

56

Northern Ireland Office

15

404

68

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Schools

15

367

80

Office of Advocate General

15

71

95

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

15

456

71

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

15

139

81

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

15

103

96

Office of Rail Regulation

20

51

78

OFWAT (Water Services Regulation Authority)

10

68

94

Scotland Office

15

303

71

Serious Fraud Office

20

60

83

Department for Transport

20

8,227

95

- Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency

7

3,010

99

- Driving Standards Agency

10

128

98

HM Treasury

15

8,242

52

- H M Revenue and Customs (*)

15

10,992

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

2,161

65

(*) Where CEO replied

15

8,831

81

Treasury Solicitor’s Department

10

19

100

Wales Office

15

80

97

Department for Work and Pensions

20

16,542

83

Child Maintenance Group

15

958

99

Health and Safety Executive

15

162

95

Human Resources

15

36

97

Director General

15

2,593

85

1—Departments and Agencies which received 10 MPs/Peers letters or fewer are not shown in this table. Holding or interim replies are not included unless otherwise indicated. The report does not include correspondence considered as freedom of information requests.

2—The format used to report MP case performance was changed in September. From January to August 2014, HMPO reported performance of cases received each month. From September onwards, this has changed to performance of cases dispatched each month, regardless of the month they were received.

3—Child maintenance figures are shown separately although they also come under the remit of the Director General Operations

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