Wales Office: Written Questions

Wales Office written question – answered at on 8 September 2023.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Independent, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps their Department is taking to improve response times to written parliamentary questions.

Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Independent, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what data their Department holds on the average response time to written parliamentary questions in the last six months; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of that response time.

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Secretary of State for Wales

The Government attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of Written Parliamentary Questions.

There are three types of Written Parliamentary Question. The Cabinet Office’s Guide to Parliamentary Work sets out the timelines departments should seek to meet.

This can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1116933/2022-10-11_-_Guide_to_Parliamentary_Work___1_.pdf

Departmental performance on Written Parliamentary Questions is published at the end of each session by the Procedure Committee and is therefore publicly available.

You can find details of the last session's PQ performance here:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5803/cmselect/cmproced/385/report.html

This year's data will be published by the Procedure Committee when the session concludes.

The Wales Office make every effort to reply to Written Parliamentary Questions within original deadlines by ensuring strict internal deadlines are in place, regular guidance is issued to all staff and monthly corporate reporting.

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