HC Deb 24 July 1989 vol 157 c489W
Rev. Ian Paisley

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the people whom he does not permit to correspond with the permanent secretaries of the various Northern Ireland departments.

Mr. Tom King

None. I should however be grateful if, in accordance with the normal well-understood practice, hon. Members who wish to raise with Northern Ireland departmental headquarters matters for which Ministers are responsible to Parliament would correspond with the appropriate Minister rather than with an official. I have requested permanent secretaries to draw this to the attention of an hon. Member if he is not following the usual procedure and to ask him to correspond directly with the responsible Minister. This will ensure that matters which are raised by constituents through their Members of Parliament receive the most prompt and proper attention.