Q9. Mr. Handing
asked the Prime Minister whether he will introduce legislation to bring the Crown Commissioners within the control of a Department of State.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there has been considerable complaint about the delays in dealing with correspondence and questions by the Crown Estates Commissioners, and it is only since a Question appeared on the Order Paper that action seems to have been taken by these people?
§ The Prime Minister
I am aware of the delays, and my hon. Friend has been kind enough to send me some of the correspondence showing the tone adopted to a Member of Parliament by an agent to the Crown Commission. Certainly if any help is needed, my right hon. Friend and I will be prepared to take it up with the Crown Commission, but I do not know that legislation is the way to deal with it.