§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many letters he has received since 4 January 1990 from Members of the European Parliament concerning local or national matters; and if he will make it his practice, where the former are concerned, to provide the hon. Member for the local constituency with copies of any such correspondence for his or her correspondence.
§ Mr. Jack
Between 4 January 1990 and 6 March 1991 we received 26 such letters. Where Members of the European Parliament raise matters in correspondence which concern exclusively local matters, our normal practice is to reply suggesting that the MEP refers the matter to the hon. Member for the constituency concerned. As with other correspondence, replies to such communications would normally be copied to the hon. Member concerned only if the MEP had himself copied his letter in this way.