Select Committee on Procedure Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Cabinet Office


  1.  This Memorandum is submitted following a request from the Procedure Committee for a general paper about how Parliamentary Questions are processed within Whitehall.

  2.  The Cabinet Office issues Guidance to Officials on Drafting Answers to Parliamentary Questions. The Guidance was last updated and reissued in December 2001 following recommendations made by the Public Administration Select Committee in their report on Ministerial Accountability and Parliamentary Questions. A copy of the guidance is attached at Annex A. No other central guidance is issued (other than the guidance issued by the Treasury on disproportionate cost).

  3.  A general outline of how Departments process and monitor Parliamentary Questions is at Annex B.

Cabinet Office

29 April 2002

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