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Written Questions

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) how many answers by his Department to Parliamentary Questions involving tables of statistics fewer than four pages in length were (a) printed in full and (b) provided via a link to a website in the last year;

(2) what guidance his Department follows in determining whether statistics in answers to Parliamentary Questions are (a) provided in full, (b) provided via a link to a website and (c) deposited in the Library.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information on how statistics have been presented within answers to parliamentary questions is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

DEFRA aims to provide clear and concise answers to parliamentary questions, and provides statistics and other supplementary information in the most appropriate format, guided by the Cabinet Office advice, which is itself available online:

http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-parliamentary-work

The guidelines advise that:

“Where an answer makes use of published material (e.g. statistics, economic data or quotations from reports) the source should be given, as appropriate, either in the text of the answer or as a footnote. Attached papers (for example, statistical tables) should be deposited in the Libraries of the House. If reference is made to documents in a response, copies of these documents must also be placed in the Library.”

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