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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits (i) he and (ii) his predecessor made on departmental business since 5 May 2005; and how many letters he and his predecessor sent in that period.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions, The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Since the 5 May 2005 my predecessor made 19 public speeches and 18 official visits. I have made 14 public speeches and seven official visits. All speeches and visits were conducted in accordance with the ministerial code. The official visits figures do not include departmental visits without an external dimension.

The number of letters sent could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. The Report for 2004 was published on 6 April 2005, Hansard, columns 137–140WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House. The report for 2005 will be published in due course.

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