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.
|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|
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.