Written Questions

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day his Department had not provided a substantive written answer by the day named in each of the last 12 months. [133550]

Jo Swinson: The information requested is in the following table.

Month completedTotal number of named day questions answeredTotal number without a substantive replyProportion of named day question without a substantive reply (percentage)

December 2011

91

23

25

January 2012

143

14

10

February 2012

127

34

27

March 2012

121

38

31

April 2012

92

36

39

May 2012

66

16

24

June 2012

90

31

34

July 2012

100

29

29

September 2012

81

32

40

October 2012

104

42

40

November 2012

120

34

28

Total

1,135

329

29

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The Government are committed to providing the Procedure Committee with information relating to written parliamentary question performance on a sessional basis and will provide full information to the Committee at the end of the current Session. Statistics relating to performance for the 2010-12 Parliamentary Session are available on the Parliament website as follows

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/procedure/P35_Memorandum_Leader_of_the_House_ Monitoring_PQs.pdf

Cabinet Office

Civil Partnerships: Ceremonies

Dr Thérèse Coffey: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil partnerships have taken place in places of worship in the last 12 months. [133427]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated December 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your request on how many civil partnerships have taken place in places of worship in the last 12 months. (133427)

The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, which allowed civil partnerships to take place on religious premises, came into effect on 5 December 2011.

No civil partnerships took place on religious premises between 5 and 31 December 2011. Civil partnership statistics for 2012 are not yet available. They are due for publication in Summer 2013.