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Questions for Written Answer

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

My right honourable friend the Leader of the House of Commons announced to the other place on Thursday, 20 July that MPs will be entitled to table a limited number of Questions for Written Answer in September.

It is proposed to offer a similar opportunity, on an experimental basis, to Members of this House.

An additional reprint of the House of Lords Notices and Orders of the Day will be prepared on Monday, 4 September and published on Tuesday,5 September. This reprint will include up to six Questions for Written Answer (QWAs) for each Member. Any QWA submitted to the Table Office or the Lords Duty Clerk between the rising of the House for the Recess, and 5pm on Monday, 4 September will be included in this reprint.

The Questions will be due for answer by Monday, 18 September. Answers will be sent direct to the Member in the usual way, and printed in the first Hansard when the House returns in October.

As usual, there will also be a reprint of the Notices and Orders of the Day in the week preceding the House’s return. This year, the reprint will be prepared on Monday, 2 October, and published on Tuesday,3 October. Up to six further QWAs may be tabled in this reprint, so that in total Members will be entitled to table up to 12 QWAs in the coming Summer Recess.

After the Recess, the Procedure Committee will be invited to review the experiment in the light of experience.

I am grateful to the staff of the House for responding to this proposal quickly and constructively.

The Leader of the House of Commons has also indicated that Written Statements may be submitted on a limited number of days in September. These will be printed in Commons Hansard, made available in the Library of this House and will be repeated in the first Lords Hansard after the House returns on9 October.