§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the average time his Department takes in replying to an hon. Member's letter; and what is(a) the shortest time and (b) the longest time it has taken to reply in full to an hon. Member's letter in the last Session in Parliament.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
We reply to approximately 85 per cent, of MPs' letters within two weeks. The information requested at(a) and (b) is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.