||<p>The Government values the work of the select committees of this House, and understands
the importance of proper engagement with that work. Therefore the Government aims
to respond to reports within two months of their publication. However, sometimes circumstances
dictate that it will not be possible to provide a response within this timeframe.
In such instances the relevant government department will maintain contact with the
relevant select committee chairman and secretariat.</p><p>I have written to Lords
ministers to reiterate the importance of providing timely responses to select committee
reports. There are currently 15 government responses that have not been received by
the relevant select committees within the two-month period. I am assured that ministers
are working hard to ensure outstanding responses are issued as soon as possible.</p><p>Data
on response times is made available by the Committee Office but has not been routinely
collected for the years requested. However, as a member of the Liaison Committee,
I welcome the fact that, since the 2014-15 session, government response dates have
been published in the Liaison Committee’s annual reports. Links to the reports containing
the information for the most recent three sessions are set out below.</p><p><strong>Session
2016-17: <a href="https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldliaison/13/13.pdf"
2015-16: <a href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ldselect/ldliaisn/26/26.pdf"
2014-15: <a href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldselect/ldliaison/5/5.pdf"