§ Mr. Davidson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many questions for written answer he replied to by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by a substantive answer in theOfficial Report in (a) Session 1998–99, (b) Session 1997–98 and (c) Session 1996–97; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
Out of a total of 2,351 Commons written questions tabled to Defence Ministers during Session 1998–99, our database records that 198 were answered by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by a substantive reply in theOfficial Report. The database did not capture such information prior to the 1998–99 Session, and consequently it could only be provided at disproportionate cost for previous sessions.