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.
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.