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Minister for Women

Correspondence

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old. [114601]

Angela E. Smith: I have been asked to reply.

The information is not available in the format requested and can be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

Within the 2005-06 Session 14,911 letters were received from hon. Members and Members of the devolved Administrations, of which 12,126 required a reply. 8,290 were answered within 20 working days of receipt.

During 2006 11,098 letters were received from hon. Members and Members of the devolved Administrations, of which 8,994 letters required a reply. 5,342 were answered within 20 working days.

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. The Report for 2005 was published in 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 75-78WS. Information relating to 2006 is currently being collated and will be published as soon as it is ready.


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