Questions for Written Answer: Reply Times

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many officials are employed in the Cabinet Office to answer Questions for Written Answer; and whether there are plans to employ extra staff in view of the failure to answer Lord Christopher's Question (HL441) after almost eight weeks, when the target time is two weeks.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

I am sorry for the delay in replying to Lord Christopher's question. Much of the detailed information requested by Lord Christopher was not held centrally within the Cabinet Office and officials had to consult the Ministry of Defence. The Christmas recess also intervened. The process therefore took much longer than is desirable and for this I apologise. Cabinet Office staff draft Answers to Parliamentary Questions as part of their normal day-to-day duties. There are no Cabinet Office staff solely employed on drafting Answers to Parliamentary Questions.

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