Department for Education: Correspondence

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his Department's average reply time has been for ministerial letters in each of the last five months.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education aims to respond to all ministerial correspondence within 18 days of receipt. Due to the increase in correspondence received since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the average reply time (in working days) for ministerial letters due during each month from April to August this year exceeds the 18-day target, as set out in the table below:

Month Due

Average Days to Respond

April

32

May

36

June

33

July

45

August

36

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