§ Mr. Martlew
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average cost of answering(a) a written and (b) an oral parliamentary question. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The average cost of answering a written parliamentary question was £135 in April 2002, as I announced in a written answer on 11 April 2003,Official Report, column 466W. The April 2002 figure for an oral question was £313. An annual uprating of these figures will take place in the new year.