HC Deb 26 October 1979 vol 972 cc311-2W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Prime Minister what guidance she has given to members of the Cabinet in giving permission for civil servants to sign letters on their behalf to hon. Members when these letters contain statements or clarifications of the policy of Her Majesty's Government; and if she will ensure that such letters are signed personally unless there is a stated reason for not doing so.

The Prime Minister

I have not issued any guidance on this subject. However, I would expect letters from hon. Members to receive a reply signed by a Minister under all but exceptional circumstances.