To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target time for responding to Questions for Written Answer in the House of Lords; and what percentage of Answers were delivered in that time in (a) this Session, and (b) each of the preceding three Sessions. [HL3917]
In accordance with the Guide to Proceedings, departments aim to respond to Questions for Written Answer within a fortnight.
Until recently, statistical data in relation to Questions for Written Answer were not held centrally. As a result, the information requested is not available for the previous three parliamentary Sessions.
Relevant statistics are now requested from departments and collated by my office on a monthly basis. As of 30 April 2009, 3,024 Questions for Written Answer had been tabled in the House of Lords during the current Session. Sixty-five per cent of these Questions were answered within a fortnight.