HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 cc279-80W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many written parliamentary questions were passed for answer to executive agencies and non-governmental departments in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [14985]

Mr. Burt

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table:

Session Written answers provided by agency chief executives
1992–93 495
1993–94 442
1994–95 389
1995–96 to date 155


Written parliamentary questions concerning matters which have been delegated to the chief executive of an executive agency in its framework document, normally receive a reply from the Minister to the effect that he or she has asked the chief executive to reply direct to the Member by letter.


Departmental archive of written answers; figures were obtained by a clerical count and may be subject to error.