CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE – WRITTEN ANSWERS – 22 January 2009

Dr Julian Lewis: Before the hon. Gentleman [Norman Baker] moves on from his list of techniques, may I draw his attention to two others, which he may have partly covered in what he has said?

One particularly disturbing technique is to refer the Member who has asked the question to some extremely obscure page of a website or to say that the material requested is available in some huge volume of Government statistics. That is of no help to anyone. However, in fairness to the Leader of the House [Harriet Harman], I should say that she has at least stamped on the practice of referring Members to previous answers without enclosing a copy of that answer, and that addition at least makes things more convenient for the hon. Member concerned.

[Mr Baker: The hon. Gentleman makes some relevant points, and I am grateful to him for adding colour to the case I am making.]