§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department has on the length of time taken to respond to letters from hon. Members.
§ Mr. Atkins
Ministerial colleagues and I aim to deal with all correspondence in three weeks.
Manually kept records show that of approximately 15,000 letters received from hon. Members since January 341W 1989, 378 are currently outstanding. These have raised complex questions or problems which inevitably take longer to research.