HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 cc383-4W
Mr. Eadie

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the average time it takes each of his departmental Ministers to answer letters received from right hon. and hon. Members.

Mr. Lang

[holding answer 22 February 1991]: Disproportionate costs would be incurred in the preparation of an answer in the form requested. A survey carried out in my Department during a representative period in 1990 showed an average response time of 17 working days.