§ Mr. William Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many written parliamentary questions he has answered; and how many of these were in reply to hon. Members representing Northern Ireland constituencies in each of the last two parliamentary Sessions and the current Session to the latest convenient date indicating in a table(a) how many were answered by each Northern Ireland Office Minister, (b) how many were answered on the date requested and (c) in how many cases a holding reply was first given.
§ Mr. Cope
In the 1988–89 and 1989–90 (to 9 July 1990) Sessions 1,162 and 1,079 written parliamentary questions were answered. Of those 766 and 781 respectively were in reply to hon. Members for Northern Ireland. Similar information for the 1987–88 Session is not available.
Answered by Parliamentary Session 1988–89 11989–90 Mr. Brooke 7 53 Mr. King 44 — Mr. Cope 99 327 Mr. Stewart 212 — Mr. Bottomley 37 287 Mr. Needham 450 295 Dr. Mawhinney 118 117 Mr. Viggers 195 — Total 1,162 1,079 Answered on time (priority and ordinary) 811 628 Answered on time (priority only) 218 188 Holding replies 351 451 1 To 9 July