HC Deb 07 November 2002 vol 392 c699W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many(a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from hon. Members in the current session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old. [79938]

Alun Michael

My Department anticipates answering all parliamentary questions that have been tabled during this session by the rising of the House today.

The Cabinet Office publishes a report to Parliament on an annual basis, setting out the volume of Members' correspondence received by Departments. The Report for 2001 was published on Friday 24 May, Official Report, column 677W. Copies of previous reports are available in the Library of the House.

The table below shows the number of letters in my department which had not received an answer at 5 November.

With a Received Date Between Number
1 & 2 months 135
2 & 3 months 138
3 & 4 months 69
4 & 6 months 64
greater than 6 months 119