Written Questions

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Smith of Basildon Baroness Smith of Basildon Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland), Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and guidance is available to ministers about answering written parliamentary questions.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Guidance on responding to Parliamentary Questions, and details of ministerial responsibilities, can be found on Gov.uk. This guidance states that Ministers must:

  1. Adhere to the Ministerial Code
  2. Give relevant information fully, as concisely as possible and in accordance with guidance on disproportionate cost.
  3. Not omit information sought merely because disclosure could lead to political embarrassment or administrative inconvenience.
  4. Provide an explanation if it is concluded that information should be withheld.
  5. Take care to avoid answers which are literally true but likely to give rise to misleading inferences.
  6. Provide responses to answers as follows:
  • Named Day – on the day specified
  • Ordinary Written – within 5 working days
  • House of Lords Written – within 10 working days

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