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Written Questions: Government Responses

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 175784, tabled on 25 March 2021

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that answers to Written Parliamentary Questions that are written or drafted by external contractors are drafted in accordance with the Civil Service Code.

Answered on

13 April 2021

Written Parliamentary Questions receive final sign off from Ministers.

The Cabinet Office has produced guidance for civil servants on drafting answers to parliamentary questions. This can be found on the website at:

Civil servants and Ministers conduct these duties in line with their respective Codes of Conduct.

Answered by

Cabinet Office
Named day
Named day questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.