HC Deb 20 October 1982 vol 29 cc154-5W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why it took until 2 September to send his letter PO(MIN)2323/16 to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West pursuant to his parliamentary reply on 29 July, Official Report, c. 670, and the hon. Member's letter of 31 July, regarding over-charging by opticians; what was contained in this reply that could not have been sent earlier; and whether he will expedite his replies to correspondents in general and to hon. Members in particular.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

While we make every effort to reply to correspondence as quickly as possible, its volume is such that delays cannot always be avoided. I am sorry that I was not able to reply to the hon. Member's letter quite as quickly as I would have wished.