§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to improve the response time to parliamentary questions. 
§ Mr. Blunkett
[holding answer 9 April 2002]: In its response to the Public Administration Select Committee's Second Report of Session 2000–2001 on Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions, the Government made clear their commitment to providing prompt and accurate answers to Parliamentary Questions. This continues to be the Government's position. I am committed to improving the performance of the Home Office and am working with the Department on practical steps to achieve this.