§ Mr. Allen
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, further to his reply of 7 November,Official Report, column240, how many of the parliamentary questions which were not answered due to disproportionate costs were(a) matters answered by the benefits agency and(b) matters answered by the Department both as a number and as a percentage of total questions answered.
§ Miss Widdecombe
All 70 questions were answered by Ministers of the Department. These questions represent approximately 3 per cent. of the 2,157 answered during the year. However, 29 answers concerned matters which are the responsibility of the Benefits Agency which represents about 1 per cent. of the questions answered.