§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions in each of the past five years Ministers in his Department have passed(a) hon. Members' letters and (b) hon. Members' questions to agencies for response; and what this figure is as a percentage of the total number of letters and questions received. 
§ Mr. Gummer
The information requested on correspondence could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The number of parliamentary questions answered by the Department's agencies in each of the past five years and the percentage of questions that it represents is as follows:
year Number of questions answered by Agencies Total number of questions answered Percentage answered by Agencies 1992 20 5,899 0.3 1993 3 3,750 0.08 1994 5 3,970 0.1 1995 9 3,614 0.2 1996 11 21,031 0.09 1This question required a written reply from all four agencies 2As at 1 March 1995.