§ Mr. David Young
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many communications he has received from Members of the European Parliament since 18 June 1989 that concern local or United Kingdom matters; and if he will make it his practice, where such matters are involved, to provide the honourable Member for the local constituency with a copy of the correspondence and the reply for information.
§ Mr. Trippier
This Department has received approximately 100 communications from Members of the European Parliament since 18 June 1989.
Where the correspondence raises questions of exclusively local interest, the practice is to recommend the MEP to refer the matter to the hon. Member for the constituency concerned. As with other correspondence, replies to such communications would normally be copied to the hon. Member concerned only if the MEP had himself copied his letter in this way.