Departmental Written Questions

Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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 he has made of the average cost to his 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.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The information is as follow:

(a) 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.

(b) In the period from May 2010 to 12 November 2010, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) received a total of nine named day parliamentary questions, of which six (67%) were answered on or before the day named.

All questions tabled between May 2010 and 12 November 2010 have received a substantive answer.

An estimation of the costs in answering parliamentary questions was provided in a written ministerial statement on 20 January 2010, Hansard, column 15WS.

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