To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
A total of 2,173 written parliamentary questions were tabled to the Department in 2006, 1,731 of which were ordinary written and 442 were named day.
A total of 75.1 per cent. (1,300) of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days and, 71.3 per cent. (315) of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
Information is derived from the DCMS parliamentary questions database.
DCMS aims to ensure that Members receive a substantive response to their named day question on the named day and endeavours to answer ordinary written questions within a working week of being tabled. Unfortunately, this is not always possible but this Department makes every effort to achieve these timescales.