§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what percentage of letters from hon. Members to his Department received a reply(a) in under four weeks, (b) within four to six weeks, (c) within six to eight weeks and (d) over eight weeks, in each of the last three years;
(2) what information his Department has on the length of time taken to respond to letters from hon. Members.
§ Mr. Wakeham
The Department's general objective: is to answer letters from hon. Members within three weeks of receipt. At present the Department has no letters awaiting a reply which have been outstanding for longer than that period. The specific information requested by the hon. Member can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.