§ Lord Morris of Manchester
asked the Leader of the House: What consideration is being given to replicating in the House of Lords the procedure of the House of Commons on Written Ministerial Statements. [HL4612]
§ Baroness Amos
The procedure of Written Ministerial Statements in the House of Commons operates so that Ministers can make written announcements directly to that House. This procedure was introduced at the start of this Session.
In the House of Lords Ministers cannot make written announcements directly to the House. Instead they have to "plant" Written Questions in order to make announcements.
I can see merits in the Written Ministerial Statement system, but at the moment the Government have no plans to initiate such a procedural change. However it is open to any Member of the House to put suggestions for procedural reform to the Procedure Committee.