asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps the Cabinet Office has taken to ensure that Ministers answer Questions for Written Answer within the two-week target; and why the department had 11 late unanswered Questions on 8 October of which 10 were tabled in June or July. [HL5547]
Ministers take seriously their responsibilities to Parliament and aim to respond to Parliamentary Questions on time wherever possible. The nature of some Parliamentary Questions requires consultation with other parts of Government which inevitably takes time. The Summer Recess has also been a factor. However, I can assure the noble Lord that the Cabinet Office is working to answer the outstanding Questions as quickly as possible.