HL Deb 10 February 2005 vol 669 c128WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the paper on handling arrangements for Parliamentary Questions circulated by an official of the machinery of government section of the Northern Ireland Administration to a meeting of the North/South and British/Irish Council issues meeting of 14 November 2002 contained recommendations on the urgency of Answers; and whether they will place a copy of the paper in the Library of the House. [HL945]

Baroness Amos

Officials within the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Administration are aware of the importance of providing accurate and timely answers to Parliamentary Questions within the timescales laid down in the official guidance. No specific recommendations on the urgency of Answers were therefore made in the draft paper which related only to internal handling procedures. A copy of the paper has been placed in the Library.