§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the average time taken by his Department to send a substantive reply to letters sent to him by Members of Parliament; how this average time compares with the time taken to send replies to the communications sent to him by the hon. Member for West Ham, North; and what action he has taken or intends taking to expedite replies.362W
§ Mr. David Howell
Statistics of this kind are not readily available, but substantive replies are, and will continue to be, given as quickly as possible to all letters from hon. Members.