§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Prime Minister, pursuant to the reply of the Minister of State, Department of Trade on 19 December to the hon. Member for Waltham Forest, whether replies on statistical information now require hon. Members to calculate percentages from published figures; when this change of policy occurred; and if she will ensure a return to the previous system.
§ The Prime Minister
As I told the hon. Member in my answer of 5 February, the position remains that departmental Ministers are responsible for deciding the form of answer to questions addressed to them. There has been no change in this general policy.