§ Lynne Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what has been the average time he has taken to answer written questions from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak over the past three months; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Maria Eagle
The number of questions tabled has nearly doubled from the average for the period from October. It is not surprising, therefore, that the time to reply to inquiries has lengthened. The average time to answer questions from my hon. Friend is 17 working days.