Select Committee on Procedure Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 1

  1.  Ordinary Written and Named Day Questions tabled each financial year from 1994-95 to 2001-02 (including average per day)

  2.  Ordinary Written and Named Day Questions shown as a percentage of total of average tabled per day for years 94-95 to 2001-02

  3.  Number of Oral and Written Questions tabled each day in a four week period in March for each year 1998-2002

(including graphs)

  4.  Number of Questions tabled on each sitting day for 20 days in the period October to December from 1997 to 2001 (including graphs)

  5.  Total number of Questions tabled each day from October to March 2000-01 and 2001-02 (including graphs)

  6.  Total number of Named Day Questions by type tabled each day in October and November 2000 and 2001 (including graphs)

  7.  Summary of the Answers to the Questions tabled by Mr Simon Burns regarding length of time taken by Departments to answer Named Day Questions (November 2001)

ORDINARY WRITTEN AND NAMED DAY QUESTIONS TABLED EACH FINANCIAL YEAR FROM 1994-95 TO 2001-02
Ordinary Written Questions 1994-951995-96 1996-971997-98 1998-991999-2000 2000-012001-02
No. of Questions21,699 22,71016,83017,032 19,36917,31216,501 29,021
No. of Sitting Days157 156152146 157158160 138
Average per Day138146 111117123 110103210
Earliest Named Day Questions1994-95 1995-961996-97 1997-981998-99 1999-20002000-01 2001-02
No. of Questions9,157 9,4398,0228,378 10,7038,30810,396 12,145
No. of Sitting Days157 156152146 157158160 138
Average per Day5861 535768 536588
Named Day plus 1 Questions1994-95 1995-961996-97 1997-981998-99 1999-20002000-01 2001-02
No. of Questions4,026 4,4613,2062,704 2,8672,3152,518 2,554
No. of Sitting Days157 156152146 157158160 128
Average per Day2629 211918 151619
Named Day Others Questions1994-95 1995-961996-97 1997-981998-99 1999-20002000-01 2001-02
No. of Questions5,531 5,8263,3382,461 3,3232,6742,733 3,302
No. of Sitting Days157 156152146 157158160 138
Average per Day3537 221921 171724


ORDINARY WRITTEN AND NAMED DAY QUESTIONS SHOWN AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL OF AVERAGE TABLED PER DAY FOR YEARS 1994-95 TO 2001-02
1994-95Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions138 54
Earliest Named Day Questions58 23
Named Day +1 Questions26 10
Other Named Day Questions35 14
Total257
1995-96Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions146 53
Earliest Named Day Questions61 22
Named Day +1 Questions29 11
Other Named Day Questions37 14
Total273
1996-97Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions111 54
Earliest Named Day Questions53 26
Named Day +1 Questions21 10
Other Named Day Questions22 11
Total207
1997-98Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions117 56
Earliest Named Day Questions57 27
Named Day +1 Questions19 9
Other Named Day Questions17 8
Total210
1998-99Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions123 53
Earliest Named Day Questions68 30
Named Day +1 Questions18 8
Other Named Day Questions21 9
Total230
1999-2000Average per
Sitting
%
Ordinary Written Questions110 56
Earliest Named Day Questions53 27
Named Day +1 Questions15 8
Other Named Day Questions17 9
Total195
2000-01Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions103 51
Earliest Named Day Questions65 32
Named Day +1 Questions16 8
Other Named Day Questions17 8
Total201
2001-02Average per
Sitting Day
%
Ordinary Written Questions210 62
Earliest Named Day Questions88 26
Named Day +1 Questions19 6
Other Named Day Questions24 7
Total341


NUMBER OF ORAL AND WRITTEN QUESTIONS TABLED EACH DAY IN A FOUR WEEK PERIOD IN MARCH FOR EACH YEAR 1998 to 2001
MonTues WedsThurs FriMonTues WedsThurs FriMonTues WedsThurs FriMonTues WedsThurs FriTotal
Orals
2002135120 293990 8997290 1560125 130365127 0103135 3277202,663
200154106 285870 6389216 6707184 260740 5268204 5901,839
200070105 2681130 5384184 87080 131239101 060115224 10702,021
19997884 235950 9068259 73010095 25800 0106273 7401,888
1998141102 2121080 76140244 106082 157223105 073127235 002,131


Written
2002897492 50432151 441444555 45880379 426339360 63448475 493283101 7,610
2001165218 27320822 103270301 19743175 264209213 58241242 21426024 3,700
2000263220 29414756 189252239 24056245 263182204 81168158 16414540 3,606
1999277360 25326991 219366320 22967233 322266209 74269213 29516853 4,553
1998136280 192173115 206262218 21595177 214240218 53219262 25020556 3,786



NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TABLED ON EACH SITTING DAY FOR 20 SITTING DAYS IN THE PERIOD OCTOBER TO DECEMBER FROM 1997 TO 2001

(INCLUDES ORALS EXCEPT PRIME MINISTERS, TRANSFERS AND CARDED QUESTIONS)
12 345 678 91011 121314 151617 181920 Dates
2001340528 429548102 468510389 53166359 556514622 160522542 56554396 22/10 to 16/11
2000912563 47925651 181629362 36589339 535332230 58341465 374388130 23/10 to 17/11
1999312364 37929750 189409206 26053332 442386369 87331302 29332245 25/10 to 5/11
& 22/11 to 3/12
1998387541 34136030 246444331 319287200 314380227 35297384 38629249 26/10 to 13/11
& 30/11 to 4/12
1997296631 53756576 388604647 41993513 360638374 76421475 851700308 3/11 to 28/11


TOTAL NUMBER OF WRITTEN QUESTIONS TABLED EACH DAY FROM END OF SUMMER RECESS TO DATE F0R 2000-01 AND 2001-02
Oct Recalls Nov.
& Recess15 161718 1922/2323/24 24/2525/2626/27 29/3030/3131/1 1/22/35/6 6/77/88/9 9/1012/1313/14
2001891442 446409217 171233419 34238695 344308324 41344245 398376403 144409380
20002990 000 0697333 32514319 71521228 21260243 409192130 51261314

Dec.
14/1515/16 16/1719/2020/21 21/2222/2323/24 26/2727/2828/29 29/-30/-3/- 4/-5/66/7 7/810/1111/12 12/1313/1414/15
2001479399 91491472 39354059 483476391 376170457 306375301 40395341 375348201
2000271274 59203295 24221768 19220677 --- -532300 51250235 31313845

Jan.
17/1818/19 19/20-/21Recess -/88/99/10 10/1111/1214/15 15/1616/1717/18 18/1921/2222/23 23/2424/2525/26 28/2929/3030/31
2001589316 518-117 -628453 452174403 421475282 152438470 383395103 395620617
2000205202 244138133 189392423 20126139 276253287 3187284 22718067 127282249

Feb.
31/11/2 4/55/66/7 7/88/911/12 12/1313/1414/15 Recess25/2626/27 27/2828/11/2 4/55/66/7 7/88/911/12
2001370135 468328382 64780284 659511464 373897492 50432151 441444555 45880284
200033394 192199209 25957155 333216250 106165218 27320822 103270301 19743175

12/1313/14 14/1515/1618/19 19/2020/2121/22 22/2325/2626/27 Total
2001426339 36063448 475493283 101885973 38,368
2000264209 21358241 242219260 24132262 19,620


TOTAL NUMBER OF NAMED DAY QUESTIONS BY TYPE TABLED EACH DAY IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2000 AND 2001

Earliest Named Day Questions
22/2323/24 24/2525/2626/27 29/3030/3131/1 1/22/35/6 6/77/88/9 9/1012/1313/14 14/1515/1616/17 19/2020/2121/22 22/2323/24TOTAL
200143103 807343 8892127 1151165 6980143 3296121 10311325 1189074 87132,004
2000160102 88271 2519059 65185059 704214 97486374 173494 8372211,573

Named Day Plus 1
22/2323/24 24/2525/2626/27 29/3030/3131/1 1/22/35/6 6/77/88/9 9/1012/1313/14 14/1515/1616/17 19/2020/2121/22 22/2323/24TOTAL
2001120 162519 132929 2144119 301429 4040101 193435 337511
2000242 241227 1590 32512 1241 3611186 77810 426366

Named Day Others
22/2323/24 24/2525/2626/27 29/3030/3131/1 1/22/35/6 6/77/88/9 9/1012/1313/14 14/1515/1616/17 19/2020/2121/22 22/2323/24TOTAL
20013656 58582 59391734 64827 5016033 72541 1445118 1016833
2000020 81209 204217 040154 8244 642452 47623 151428


QUESTIONS TABLED BY MR SIMON BURNS (NOVEMBER 2001):

   (1)  How many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to the Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers.

  (2)  What proportion of the named day questions tabled between 15 October and 5 November received a substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued.
Dept (answered on 16/11 unless otherwise stated) Total No of QuestionsNo that received a holding reply After Holding Reply, SubstantiveAnswers Within:
3 days 7 days10 days 15 daysover 15 days
Cabinet Office col. 896W20 7 (35%)12 130
DCMS col. 951W4427 (61%) 2042 10
MoD cols. 957-8W and
21/11 cols. 295-6W153 53 (35%)511 001
DfES cols. 929-30W191 95 (50%)4428 797
DEFRA cols. 972-3W254 201 (79%)4062 191961
HMT col. 915W14375 (52%) 53125 50
FCO col. 926W664 (6%) 211 00
DH col. 950W345210 (61%) 1453219 20 (12 still to be answered)
HO cols. 962-3W15692 (59%) 62127 73
DfID cols. 932-3W2114 (67%) 1040 00
LCD 27/11 col. 832W24 12 (50%)65 100
NIO col. 938W3225 (78%) 0210 00
PM col. 897W377 (19%) 520 00
POC col. 897W70 (0%) 000 00
SCOT col. 931WFigures not given
SG col. 895W50 (0%) 000 00
DTI col. 918W10454 (52%) 4941 00
DTLR col. 913W26181 (31%) 7290 00
OSSW cols. 939-40W100 (0%) 000 00
DWP cols. 934-5W10618 (17%) 1103 02 (1 transf'd one still to be answered)



 
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