§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many questions directed to him remain unanswered. 
§ Mr. McNulty
The effective handling of parliamentary questions is an issue to which I, and ministerial colleagues, attach great importance. At 15 September 2003, my Department had 43 unanswered parliamentary questions. Of these, eight were named day questions for answer on 16 September 2003 and 35 761W were ordinary written questions which by convention are answered within one working week of appearing in the Order Book.