HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 c100W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of ordinary written Questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what proportion of questions for named day received a substantive answer on that day in each month since June 2001. [58978]

Ms Rosie Winterton

340 of the 899 ordinary written questions that were tabled to the Lord Chancellor's Department between 1 June 2001 and 24 May 2002 were answered within one week of being tabled, the detailed breakdown of monthly figures are as follows.

Month Ordinary written question answered within a week of being tabled (per cent.)
June 2001 71.43
July 2001 68.18
October 2001 70.07
November 2001 38.71
December 2001 81.14
January 2002 35.93
February 2002 25.25
March 2002 46.67
April 2002 9.09
May 2002 46.77

Performance in April 2002 was atypical because one hon. Member asked 122 questions which required a great deal of co-ordination. Unfortunately they we all answered two days late.

In addition the Lord Chancellor's Department answered substantively 226 of 413 Named Day questions on the nominated day, representing 54.72 per cent.