§ Mrs. Clwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many questions were tabled for reply by his Department in each Session since 1979–80; in how many instances in each year the reply has been that providing the information involved disproportionate cost; and in how many instances in each year questions have been given the reply that the information was not available centrally. 
§ Mr. Soames
A list of the number of written and oral parliamentary questions answered by Ministers in my Department in the Sessions 1982–83 to 1995–96, supplied by the parliamentary on-line information service unit, has been placed in the Library. Figures for the earlier years requested are not available.
The other information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.