HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 cc714-5W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why it took him until 17th January 1978 to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Newham, North-West dated 19th November; what was contained in this reply which could not have been sent within days of receipt; and what action he has taken or proposes to take to expedite replies to letters which he receives from taxpayers and their Members of Parliament.

Mr. Moyle

I can assure my hon. Friend that every effort is made to reply to letters as quickly as possible. The letter he refers to, which was received in my office on 23rd November 1977, touched on complex issues on which I wished to consult with health authorities serving Newham.