Departmental Correspondence

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Shadow Minister, Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets her Department has for (a) the acknowledgement and (b) the issue of a substantive answer to an enquiry from (i) an hon. Member, (ii) a media source and (iii) other sources.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

In responding to all correspondence, the Department for Work and Pensions follows the Cabinet Office Guidance "Handling Correspondence From Members Of Parliament, Members Of The House Of Lords, MEPs And Members Of Devolved Assemblies: Guidance For Departments", which sets out a 20-day target for a substantive response for replies to an hon. member and other sources.

A copy of the guidance has been placed in the Library and is also available online at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/propriety_and_ethics/handling_members_correspondence/guidance_for_departments/guidance/targets.aspx

In line with most of Whitehall, the Department for Work and Pensions does not generally issue acknowledgements prior to the issue of a substantive reply.

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