Departmental Written Questions

Wales written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales

(1) how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for written answer on a named day were answered substantively before or on the day named for answer (a) in Session 2009-10 and (b) since May 2010; how many such questions tabled between May 2010 and 12 November 2010 had not received a substantive answer by 18 November 2010; and what estimate she has made of the average cost to her Department of answering a question for written answer on a named day on the day named for answer in the latest period for which figures are available;

(2) how many and what proportion of questions tabled to the Secretary of State for ordinary written answer (a) in Session 2009-10 and (b) since May 2010 were answered within (i) seven days and (ii) 14 days of tabling; how many such questions tabled between May 2010 and 12 November 2010 remained unanswered by 18 November 2010; and what estimate she has made of the average cost to her Department of answering a question for ordinary written answer within seven days of tabling in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of David Jones David Jones The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The information requested is as follows:

2010-11 Session
Named day questions answered 25
Named day questions answered on or before named day 25 (100%)
Ordinary written questions answered within one sitting week 147 (91%)
Ordinary written questions answered within two sitting weeks 158 (98%)

No named day parliamentary questions that have been tabled between May 2010 and November 2010 were awaiting a substantive response on 18 November 2010.

No questions tabled for ordinary written answer between May 2010 and 12 November 2010 remained unanswered by 18 November 2010.

The Government have committed to providing the Procedure Committee with sessional statistics in a standard format on the time taken to respond to written parliamentary questions for the 2009-10 session. This information will be submitted to the Procedure Committee shortly.

In relation to the cost of answering written questions, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the figures provided by Her Majesty's Treasury in its written ministerial statement of 20 January 2010, Hansard, column 15WS.

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