Departmental Correspondence

Wales written question – answered on 12th January 2009.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

Photo of Paul Murphy Paul Murphy The Secretary of State for Wales

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Hansard, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House. When responding to all correspondence, the Wales Office abides by the guidance set out in 'Handling correspondence from MPs, Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies' which was published by the Cabinet Office in July 2005.

In respect of emails, the information is only available at disproportionate cost.

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