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Ministerial Corrections

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Defence

Military Bases: Kirknewton

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2012, Official Report, column 830W, on military bases, when the former Secretary of State for Defence discussed the creation of an Army base at Kirknewton with the Scottish Government and the First Minister of Scotland; and whether a written note was taken of the discussions. [92762]

[Official Report, 20 February 2012, Vol. 540, c. 469W.]

Letter of correction from Nick Harvey:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the right hon. and learned Member for North East Fife (Sir Menzies Campbell) on 20 February 2012.

The full answer given was as follows:

Nick Harvey: The previous Secretary of State for Defence, the right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox), and the First Minister of Scotland (Alex Salmond MSP) held two face to face meetings. These were on 11 January and 26 May 2011 and took place when they were both in London and Glasgow respectively. The meetings were not minuted.

They also had a number of telephone conversations during the period of the Basing Review, in which they discussed a range of issues.

The correct answer should have been:

Nick Harvey: The previous Secretary of State for Defence, the right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox), and the First Minister of Scotland (Alex Salmond MSP) held two face to face meetings. These were on 11 January and 26 May 2011 and took place when they were both in London and Glasgow respectively. A junior member of staff who attended the meeting on 11 January 2012 took some notes.

The right hon. Gentleman and the First Minister also had a number of telephone conversations during the period of the Basing Review, in which they discussed a range of issues.

House of Commons Commission

Written Questions

Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2012, Official Report, column 320W, on written questions, how many written questions were tabled on average per day, including non-sitting days (a) in each session since 2005-06 and (b) from the introduction of the restriction on e-tabling to date. [121098]

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[Official Report, 14 September 2012, Vol. 550, c. 433W.]

Letter of correction from John Thurso:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane) on 14 September 2012.

The full answer given was as follows:

John Thurso: The information requested is as follows.

(a) The following table shows the number of written questions tabled on average per sitting day in each session since 2005-06:

Time periodNumber of sitting daysNumber of WPQs tabledAverage

Session 2005-06 (17 May 2005 to 8 November 2006)

208

97,201

467

Session 2006-07 (15 November 2006 to 30 October 2007)

146

58,837

403

Session 2007-08 (6 November 2007 to 26 November 2008)

165

75,000

455

Session 2008-09 (3 December 2008 to 12 November 2009)

139

57,054

410

Session 2009-10 (18 November 2009 to 8 April 2010)

601

24,093

402

Session 2010-12 (25 May 2010 to 1 May 2012)

295

98,256

333

Session 2012-13 to date (9 May 2012 to 7 September 2012)

39

13,350

342

(b) The restriction on the number of e-tabled questions was introduced at the rising of the House on 21 October 2011. During the period 24 October 2011 to 7 September 2012, the number of sitting days was 125, the number of written questions tabled was 40,322. The number of written questions tabled on average per sitting day over this period was 323.

Averages are calculated against sitting days only (information is not readily available to disaggregate questions tabled on sitting and non-sitting days over this timeframe).

The correct answer should have been:

John Thurso: The information requested is as follows.

(a) The following table shows the number of written questions tabled on average per sitting day in each session since 2005-06:

Time periodNumber of sitting daysNumber of WPQs tabledAverage

Session 2005-06 (17 May 2005 to 8 November 2006)

208

97,201

467

Session 2006-07 (15 November 2006 to 30 October 2007)

146

58,837

403

Session 2007-08 (6 November 2007 to 26 November 2008)

165

75,000

455

Session 2008-09 (3 December 2008 to 12 November 2009)

136

57,054

420

Session 2009-10 (18 November 2009 to 8 April 2010)

69

24,093

349

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Session 2010-12 (25 May 2010 to 1 May 2012)

295

98,256

333

Session 2012-13 to date (9 May 2012 to 7 September 2012)

39

13,350

342

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(b) The restriction on the number of e-tabled questions was introduced at the rising of the House on 21 October 2011. During the period 24 October 2011 to 7 September 2012, the number of sitting days was 125, the number of written questions tabled was 40,322. The number of written questions tabled on average per sitting day over this period was 323.

Averages are calculated against sitting days only (information is not readily available to disaggregate questions tabled on sitting and non-sitting days over this timeframe).