Ministers: Correspondence

Leader of the House of Lords written question – answered on 26th September 2019.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour

To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the protocol governing the timeliness and appropriateness of ministerial responses to communications from parliamentarians.

Photo of Baroness Evans of Bowes Park Baroness Evans of Bowes Park Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal

The Government attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of correspondence and written questions. The right of parliamentarians to take up issues directly with the Government is an important part of the democratic process and underlines the accountability of Ministers to Parliament. Each government department has their own protocol on the timelines for correspondence responses to be sent out, and parliamentarians should contact departments if they feel that responses they receive are not timely or effective. My private office is in regular contact with the private offices of my front bench team to ensure that the Lords front bench's correspondence to parliamentarians is answered promptly and effectively.

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