You can ask a department a question in writing and will receive an answer by email. There are two kinds of written question:
- ‘Ordinary’ written questions. Departments usually respond between five and 10 working days after the question has been tabled. There is no limit on the number of ordinary written questions you can table.
- ‘Named day’ written questions. Departments deal with named day questions as a priority. They should be answered on the third sitting day after they are tabled. A sitting day is a day when the House is meeting. You can table a maximum of five named day questions each day. This allows you to prioritise some questions.