§ 28. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why it took him until 15 December 1981 to reply to the letter sent to him on 28 October from the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, together with a communication from Mr. P. Dorrington complaining of vandalism, lack of police activity, and so on; what was contained in this reply which could not have been communicated by return of post; and whether he will expedite his replies in future.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The time taken to reply resulted from the need to consult several parts of the Department about the various issues raised. Correspondence is dealt with as quickly as possible.