HL Deb 08 November 2004 vol 666 c51WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps the Northern Ireland office proposes to improve the quality and speed of answers to House of Lords Questions for Written Answer; and [HL4194]

When they will respond to the Question for Written Answer tabled on 10 September (HL4194) concerning the time taken to answer Questions. [HL4690]

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos)

The Northern Ireland Office does its utmost to provide prompt and accurate answers to Written Questions. Unfortunately some delays have occurred largely because of the detailed nature and volume of questions received. Where relevant information has been overlooked or errors occur, the department takes immediate action to clarify the position.

I can assure the noble Lord that the Northern Ireland Office will continue to strive to answer all questions as quickly and fully as possible.