To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (HL2394) concerning the length of time taken to answer parliamentary questions for the Northern Ireland Office, whether there are any specific plans to reduce the number of questions not answered within two weeks. [HL2935]
The department takes the timescales for answering Questions very seriously and makes every effort to answer Questions within 14 days.
The Northern Ireland Office’s parliamentary section issues regular reminders to staff as PQ deadlines approach.
As the previous Answer stated (Official Report 20 April, col. WA365) many Questions require the collation and checking of figures or the acquisition of information from third parties. It is not therefore always possible to answer complex Questions of this kind within the two-week period.