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Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked the Leader of the House:

Further to her Written Answer on 12 July 2007 (WA 249), what steps were taken to reduce the number of Written Questions remaining unanswered after 14 days from 254 on 17 April 2007 to four on 2 July 2007. [HL3920]

There are various reasons for overdue responses; parliamentary recesses often present administrative difficulties for departments. The House returned after the Easter holidays last year on 16 April 2007.

Departments work closely with my office constantly to address the number of outstanding Questions for Written Answer. My office regularly reminds departments of the importance of responding to Questions for Written Answer within the deadline and I will continue to ensure that Answers are provided in a timely fashion.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will Answer the Written Questions, tabled by Lord Laird on (a) 5 March (HL 2322); (b) 12 March (HL 2528); and (c) 30 April (HL 3399); and, in each case, what was the cause of the delay. [HL4238]

These Questions were all answered on 19 June, (Official Report, col. WA 191).

HL2322 and HL2528 were delayed as a result of an ongoing internal review on communications regarding external bodies. HL3399 was delayed due to an administrative error.