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star this property date less than 2015-03-13more like thismore than 2015-03-13
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she issues to Departments in respect of their providing full answers to questions for written answer, particularly when failure to answer has been followed up. more like this
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
unstar this property answer text <p>As Leader of the House, I have a particular responsibility to encourage departments to be punctual in answering written questions, but the content of each answer is a matter for the minister concerned. All Ministers are accountable to the House for those answers. That direct accountability is important: that is why Ministers in this House must provide personally signed answers to members.</p><p> </p><p>To inform Ministers in answering questions put to them, the Ministerial Code says that “It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament”. It also makes clear that “Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament and the public, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest”. In addition, the longstanding rules of this House on Questions for Written Answer (rules that the House reaffirmed in agreeing to the Procedure Committee’s 5<sup>th</sup> Report of the 2014-15 Session) set out that all answers should be complete and comprehensible.</p><p> </p><p>If any member has particular concerns about a response that they have received that they consider does not adhere to these rules, I would encourage them to raise it with me directly.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL5810 more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T13:45:04.12Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T13:45:04.12Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Stowell of Beeston more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Gardner of Parkes remove filter