HC Deb 10 March 1998 vol 308 c330 4.22 pm
Mr. Jonathan Sayeed (Mid-Bedfordshire)

On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I have a letter in my hand purportedly from the Minister for Local Government and Housing. It is not addressed in the form that is customary in this place, it is not signed and, although I wrote on 14 January, I did not receive a reply until 9 March. Would you agree that such conduct is discourteous, and if Ministers demonstrate by their actions a belief that Parliament no longer matters, it is not surprising that the BBC follows suit?

Madam Speaker

I refer the hon. Gentleman to an exchange which took place on various points of order last Thursday, when the Leader of the House was in her place. The right hon. Lady answered questions at the Dispatch Box only yesterday, and she will not be doing so again until 6 April. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman forms a question for the Leader of the House, setting out the matter and asking for reasons for the delay and the lack of signature. In the meantime, no doubt Ministers concerned will report the matter to the appropriate place.