Departmental Written Questions

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many and what proportion of written parliamentary questions her Department did not answer on the grounds of disproportionate cost, in each of the last five years;

(2) what proportion of named day written parliamentary questions her Department answered on the date named in the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) what the average length of time taken for her Department to answer written parliamentary questions was in the latest period for which figures are available;

(4) how many written parliamentary questions to her Department were answered within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) six months in each of the last five years.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

holding answer 12 March 2008

Information on written parliamentary questions answered on grounds of disproportionate costs is not held centrally.

Information on the number of named day parliamentary questions answered on the date named since the 2006-07 session is given in the following table:

Session Named d ay questions received Answere d substantively on the named day( 1) Proportion answered substantively on the named day (percentage)
2006-7 1260 443 35
2007-8(2) 404 155 38
(1) All questions not answered substantively on the named day receive a holding answer.

(2 )Data based on questions answered up to 12 March 2008

The average length of time taken for the Department to answer written parliamentary questions is not held centrally.

The number of parliamentary questions answered within one to six months since 2006-07 is given in the following table:

Session
2006-07( 1) 2007-08( 2)
Number of written parliamentary questions answered in months Number Percentage Number P ercentage
One 5,680 95 1,815 97
Two 187 3 59 3
Three 74 1
Four 12 0.2
Five 6 0.1
Six 3 0.05
(1) Based on 5,964 questions answered in 2006-7.

(2 )Data based on 1,874 questions answered in 2007-08 to 12 March 2008.

Information prior to 2006-07 is not held centrally in the format requested.

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