Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in session (a)2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii)two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old.
Jack Straw (Foreign Secretary; Blackburn, Labour)
Details of letters to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, from both hon. Members and others, are stored together in such a way that this information is not retrievable without incurring a disproportionate cost. The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of departments in replying to hon. Members'/Peers' correspondence. The Report for 2004 was published on