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Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers of the Home Office have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL2981]

Home Office Ministers take their accountability to Parliament very seriously and normally give evidence before parliamentary Select Committees when called.

The information requested is not collated centrally. A Minister refusing to give evidence to a Select Committee is however a rare occurrence.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers of the Attorney General's Office have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL2996]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL3000]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and its predecessors have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL3057]

According to records held, no Ministers at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills or its predecessors, in respect of responsibilities inherited by DIUS from them, have refused to attend parliamentary Select Committees to give evidence.