HL Deb 15 January 2004 vol 657 cc100-1WA
Lord Jopling

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have not found it possible to answer Lord Hoyle's Written Question (HL 30) tabled on 26 November 2003 which has now been on the Order Paper for almost seven weeks, when the standard time for replies is two weeks. [HL750]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

An administrative error led officials to believe that this Question had been answered by the Department for Trade and Industry. I have answered the Question today and apologise to my noble friend Lord Hoyle for the delay.