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Questions for Written Answer: Reasonable Expense

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 12 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How a decision is made that the cost of providing an Answer to a Question for Written Answer will be disproportionate; and what level of expenditure would prompt such a decision.[HL6669]

Where the cost of answering a Question for Written Answer exceeds the disproportionate cost threshold—currently £600, as announced to both Houses of Parliament by Written Ministerial Statement on 22 March 2005—the Minister concerned decides whether it would be appropriate to answer the Question irrespective of its cost.