HC Deb 29 November 1990 vol 181 cc476-7W
Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Oldham, West to receive copies of all the answers to parliamentary questions given by the chief executive of the Employment Agency on matters related to the unemployment benefit service.

Mr. Jackson

The arrangements in the Employment Service executive agency for answering parliamentary questions and Members' correspondence are intended to ensure that, following "next steps" principles, hon. and right hon. Members receive replies from the person who is best placed to respond promptly and effectively. If the reply is from the chief executive, it is sent direct to the Member and is copied to the Library of the House and to its Public Information Office. The reply will thus be in the public domain and is available on request.