HC Deb 07 December 1971 vol 827 cc278-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why it took his Department until 24th November to reply to the communication from the hon. Member for West Ham, North, sent under date of 25th October.

Mr. Alison

The main reason was the two-and-a-half weeks needed to obtain the report from the local authority which formed the basis of my reply.