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Committee questions Minister on Department of Health performance in answering parliamentary questions

3 December 2020

The Procedure Committee hears evidence from Department of Health and Social Care Minister Edward Argar MP, as the Committee continues to review and monitor the performance of departments in answering written parliamentary questions.


Monday 7 December 2020, virtual meeting

At 4.00pm

  • Edward Argar MP, Minister of State for Health

The session comes following a report published by the Procedure Committee in October 2020 providing data on Ministers’ performance in answering written parliamentary questions in the last Parliament. The report found that despite an increase in the number of written parliamentary questions being submitted in the last Parliament (more than 280 per day), most Departments answered MPs’ questions in a timely fashion.

More recently, MPs have raised significant concerns about the time some departments are taking to answer their questions. The Department of Health and Social Care is one of the departments whose performance has been questioned.

The session forms part of the Procedure Committee’s ongoing commitment to monitoring and supervising departmental answering of written parliamentary questions.

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