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Members: Correspondence

Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters from hon. Members to Ministers in his Department received a response within (a) seven, (b) 10, (c) 14 and (d) 21 or more working days since 11 May 2010.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) received 9,085 items of correspondence which received a ministerial response between 1 May 2010 and 31 October 2011.

The MOD's database only provides statistics for responses to MPs, Peers, and members of the public to whom Ministers have written. The following figures therefore include all correspondence which has received a ministerial response.

Answered within: Number of letters
Seven working days 2,868
10 working days 5,124
14 working days 6,652
21 working days 7,737
More than 21 working days 8,762

The MOD aims to respond to all correspondence within 15 working days of receipt. For this calendar year up to 31 October 2011, 6,861 (76%) items of correspondence were answered on time.

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to correspondence from MPs and Peers. The report for 2010 was published on 28 March 2011, Hansard, columns 1-3WS.

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