HC Deb 26 April 1982 vol 22 c204W
26. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the letter to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, why it took his Department until 1 April to reply to the hon. Member's question tabled on 16 March for answer on 18 March; why it should take 15 days to interrogate the records held on the computer file; how long it took to obtain such information before the computer was installed; and if he will improve the speed and efficiency of his Department.

Mr. Raison

The reply to the hon. Member's question, which appeared in theOfficial Report on 1 April, was prepared by staff at present facing an abnormal peak in work load. The time taken to produce a reply is not therefore considered inordinate.

Before a computerised system was introduced the information requested could have been obtained only by means of special survey.