Parliamentary Questions

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 16th February 2006.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Peter Hain Peter Hain The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, The Secretary of State for Wales

From 1 January 2005 to 21 December 2005 the Northern Ireland Office received 3,684 parliamentary questions from Members of the House of Commons. Written answers were provided within the following time scales.

Parliamentary questions
Number
Within 14 days 2,835
After between 14 and 28 days 355
After between 28 days and two months 66
After in excess of 2 months 324
Transfers 89
Withdrawals 15

Of the 324 questions that were answered 'After in excess of 2 months' 130 were tabled in July prior to the summer recess. It was therefore not possible to provide the hon. Member with an answer until the House returned in October.

Departments aim to ensure that Members receive a substantive response to their named day question on the named day and to endeavour to answer ordinary written questions within a working week of being tabled. Unfortunately, this is not always possible but my Department makes every effort to achieve these time scales.

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