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Questions for Written Answer

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Home Office's failure to answer Lord Avebury's Question for Written Answer (HL1365), due for answer by the end of January, was caused by the department mislaying the Question; and, if not, whether they will now explain the reasons for it remaining unanswered. [HL3423]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any advice or instruction has been given to the Home Office to improve its performance in answering Parliamentary Questions for Written Answer within the 14-day period, bearing in mind that it is responsible for more outstanding Questions than any other department. [HL3467]

Officials and Ministers in the department are informed daily by the relevant authorities of the House of those Questions that remain outstanding. In response to this ongoing performance information, the Permanent Secretary and the Minister of State for Police, Security and Community Safety continue to review the systems in place to ensure that the 14-day timeline is attained. In addition to twice weekly internal performance reports, the department has now implemented an internal performance table, which, it is anticipated, will address the unacceptable delays that can occur.