§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 information.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Ministers at the Department of Transport have received 134 written communications from Members of the European Parliament since 4 January 1990 that concern local or national matters. If there is no Community content at all in the MEP's letter and a constituency interest predominates it is our general practice to suggest that the MEP should refer the case to the hon. Member for the constituency concerned. As with other correspondence, replies to MEPs' letters would normally be copied to the hon. Member concerned only if the MEP had himself copied his letter in this way.