This is simple data and does not reflect the context in which the answers are compiled, e.g. many AQWs are complex in nature and require input from Arm’s Length Bodies and partners across government. In those circumstances, it is not always possible to meet the required deadlines set by the Assembly to ensure that a full and accurate answer is provided.
In March 2020 the NI Executive agreed updated Guidance for Ministers in the Exercise of their Official Responsibilities.
Section 3 of the Guidance requires Performance statistics for each of the Departments to be published on a quarterly basis.
The NI Assembly’s Standing Orders set out the timescales within which Ministers are required to respond to Assembly Questions.