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Houses of Parliament: Select Committees

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 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 Department for Culture, Media and Sport have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL2999]

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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 of Health have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL3001]

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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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL2983]

My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary and his ministerial team take their responsibilities to Parliament and its committees very seriously. They appear regularly before parliamentary committees in the course of their inquiries. The specific information requested is not held centrally. The Foreign Secretary recently answered queries from the Joint Committee on Human Rights in written form, and explained that he did not believe he could add to his answers through an oral hearing.

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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 International Development have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL3058]

I am not aware of any occasion where a Minister from the Department for International Development has refused to give evidence to a parliamentary Select Committee during the past five years.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 20 April (WA 346), on how many occasions and in what circumstances Ministers of the Northern Ireland Office have refused to give evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees during the past five years. [HL3059]

There have been occasions when particular dates suggested by parliamentary Select Committees have not suited diaries, but there have been no occasions within the past five years when Ministers of the Northern Ireland Office have refused to give evidence to a committee.