Government Departments: Written Questions

Leader of the House of Lords written question – answered at on 27 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative

To ask the Leader of the House, with regard to the 19 questions for written answer that remained unanswered after 10 working days on 12 February, how many of the answering bodies have not sent an apology to the questioner for the delay in responding.

Photo of Lord True Lord True Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal

As Leader of the House, I take my duty to represent the House to His Majesty’s Government with the utmost seriousness. Central to this is ensuring that Peers have their questions answered in a timely fashion by all departments. Over the recent months, I have reminded all Front Bench Ministers of their duty to respond to Written Questions within the 10 day target.

In addition to this, my Office routinely contacts departments who have breached this target to ascertain the reasons why their deadlines have been missed. As an indication of how seriously I have taken this issue, I have also written to the Permanent Secretaries of departments and met individually with Front Bench Ministers who repeatedly miss the target.

I believe an apology is appropriate in such circumstances, but that it is a matter for each individual department to determine.

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