HC Deb 15 January 1996 vol 269 c356W
Dr. Wright

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if answers sent to hon. Members in reply to parliamentary questions by the head of executive agencies in his Department are(a) seen, (b) approved and (c) amended by him before they are sent; and if he will identify any such letters to which amendments by him have been made in 1994–95. [7826]

Mr. Lang

Parliamentary questions are passed to the head of an executive agency for reply when the matter is one delegated to him under the agency framework document. The relevant Minister may see a copy of the reply before it is sent, but would not normally intervene in operational matters. I am not aware of any recent replies that have been amended.