Parliamentary Questions in 2012 (2013)

Request

Could you please give me the following information for the House of Commons for 2012:

• Number of Parliamentary Questions that received a Written Answer

• Number of Parliamentary Questions that received an Oral Answer

Response

For the House of Commons, the number of Parliamentary Questions that received a Written Answer in Hansard in 2012 (between 01/12/2012 and 31/12/2012) was 42,752 (2,693 of which were answered by the Ministry of Justice).
For the House of Commons, the number of Parliamentary Questions that received an Oral Answer in Hansard in 2012 (between 01/12/2012 and 31/12/2012) was 10,615 (605 of which were answered by the Ministry of Justice).

This information has been provided from the Parliamentary Search system as at 7 January 2013.  Figures for Parliamentary Questions that received a Written Answers include ‘failed orals’ (these are parliamentary questions which appear on the Order Paper as oral questions but are not answered in the Chamber and are subsequently printed with a written answer in Hansard).  Figures for Parliamentary Questions that received an Oral Answer exclude those answered in Grand Committees.  

The focus of the Parliamentary Search system is on questions published in Hansard (answered) rather than questions published in the Order paper (asked / tabled questions).   Once questions have been printed in Hansard the original record for the tabled question is overwritten in this system.  The large volume of data automatically processed for the Parliamentary Search system can result in a certain margin of error, however the Indexing and Data Management Section (IDMS) of the Library makes every effort to ensure that the data is accurate and up to date.

You may also find useful information about number of parliamentary questions contained in the ‘Sessional Returns’.  The Sessional Returns (including numbers of oral and written questions appearing on the Order paper) for 2010-12

There will be some variation between statistics derived from Parliamentary Search and those published in other parliamentary sources due to differences in the way questions are treated in different systems.