|Sir George attacks Ministers for delays in answering letters
19 Dec 2002
In Business Questions to the Leader of the House, Sir george complained about the time the Department of Health took to reply to letter. see following extract from Hansard.
Sir George Young (North-West Hampshire): The Leader of the House has announced a debate on the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill. Before we have that debate, will he ensure that Health Ministers are not responsible for any delays? Is he aware that I have a letter dated 9 December that says:
"Thank you for your letter of 13 May"?
I have a letter dated 3 December that says:
"Thank you for your letter of 21 March"
and a letter dated 2 December that says:
"Thank you for your letter of 14 January".
Will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that Health Ministers explain why social services departments are to be fined for not discharging a patient within three days, but Health Ministers are not to be fined for not answering a letter within 10 months?
Mr. Cook: I am aware of the right hon. Gentleman's point and of the fact that other points of order have been raised on the issue in the past week. I will certainly seek to make sure that those points are registered. It is important that Members receive an acceptable service. The intervals that he describes are not acceptable.