Parliamentary Questions

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27 April 1987.

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The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Dickens Mr Geoffrey Dickens , Littleborough and Saddleworth

to ask the Lord Privy Seal if he will give his latest estimate of the cost of (a) answering an oral question, (b) answering a written question, (c) printing all questions on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the 1985–86 Session and (d) printing all answers in the Official Report in the 1985–86 Session.

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire

The cost in officials' time of replying to questions vary considerably, but the current average cost is estimated at £75 for;—

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. I did not see the hon. Gentleman rise, so we must go back to questions to the Secretary of State for Wales.