Memorandum submitted by the Table Office
There are several ways in which the delivery of answers
to Members electronically might be facilitatednot least
of which is Government Departments emailing directly. Would it
be possible for us to arrange a time to talk to the Committee
informally about the work which is currently being undertaken
in house to make questions and answer processes more efficient
and responsive? We could then answer the Committee's questions
immediately and also take note of its views in the development
work. If the Committee is not content with this suggestion, the
Table Office is happy to provide a further note.
You also asked about a weekly quota during recesses
for questions for written answer. The current e-tabling system
could not manage this without development work being undertaken.
It is based on daily allocations at present and introducing the
concept of weekly quotas would require substantial revision.