§ Mrs. Roe
To ask the President of the Board of Trade at what stage(a) drafts and (b) copies of letters from chief executives of agencies within his responsibility, in response to parliamentary questions, are submitted to Ministers.
§ Mr. Eggar
The practice in my Department is for agency chief executives to send substantive replies direct by letter to written parliamentary questions on matters which have been delegated to them. A copy of the chief executive's letter is generally submitted to Ministers when they consider the written answer.