HC Deb 18 March 1998 vol 308 c1304 4.24 pm
Mr. Andrew Robathan (Blaby)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. On 15 January, at Treasury questions, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury quoted some figures on pension returns, as reported in column 477 of the Official Report. The figures interested me, so I tabled a parliamentary question. On 20 January, I received a response saying that the question would be answered as soon as possible.

Those were figures quoted by the Chief Secretary. It is now nine weeks since he did so. I have re-asked the question, and have just been told that it will be answered as soon as possible. Is there anything that you can do to encourage Ministers to answer questions more quickly?

Madam Speaker

There is nothing further I can do. I have answered points of order from the hon. Gentleman and other Back-Bench Members on this issue. The Government, I am sure, are very aware of it. No doubt, as he has raised a point of order yet again with me, they will look at it and respond as soon as possible.