§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what correspondence he has received from Burton Copeland, solicitors on behalf of David Garton, a remand prisoner at Strangeways prison, Manchester; when the letters were received and when replies were sent; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
I have received five letters from Messrs. Burton Copeland dated respectively 15 and 28 January, 4 and 18 February and 17 March. All were delivered within a few days of posting. They were all acknowledged on receipt, and a substantive reply was sent on 20 April. I very much regret they were not answered sooner.