HC Deb 18 July 1986 vol 101 cc642-3W
Mr. Chope

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters from hon. Members to his Department still awaiting a substantive reply were received more than (a) one month ago, (b) two months ago, (c) three months ago and (d) four months ago; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tom King

[pursuant to his reply, 14 July 1986, c. 368]: The information is as follows:

Category Number outstanding
(a) 2
(b) 2
(d) 2

The majority of letters are answered within seven working days. The six outstanding letters raise complex issues which require further detailed investigation or need to await the outcome of statutory procedures, before substantive replies can be given.

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