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Parliamentary Written Questions

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of questions for ordinary written answer received a substantive response within (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30 and (d) more than 30 sitting days in the 2010-12 session to date.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office received 2,877 questions for ordinary written answer in this Session, tabled up to 31 October 2011. A total of 2,724 (94.7%) of these questions were answered within 10 sitting days; 126 (4.4%) within 11 to 20 sitting days; 23 (0.8%) within 21 to 30 sitting days; and 4 (0.1%) in more than 30 sitting days.

The Government have committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written parliamentary question performance on a sessional basis and will provide this information to the Committee at the end of the Session. Statistics relating to Government Department's performance for the 2009-10 parliamentary Session were previously provided to the Committee and are available on the Parliament website.

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