Social Security Benefits: Aberdeen

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2015.

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Photo of Kirsty Blackman Kirsty Blackman Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3935, what assessment he has made of the compliance of his Department's practice in providing statistics in answers to parliamentary questions with paragraphs 7.37 and 7.38 of the Guide to Parliamentary Work issued by the Leader of the House in May 2010.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The paragraphs referred to by the hon. Member refer to information that is already available in published departmental statistics. I refer her to paragraph 7.32 of the same document.

7.32 Members are advised that questions ‘must be seeking information that is not readily available elsewhere in the public domain‘ (including in answers to identical or similar questions in a previous session). Increasingly, this is the case as more and more information is available on government websites, though not necessarily in the format requested in the question

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