asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the reason for the delay experienced by the hon. Member for Down, North in obtaining replies to letters sent to the Minister responsible for the Department of the Environment.
Every effort is made to deal expeditiously with hon. Members' correspondence and I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to the hon. Gentleman by any delays. The hon. Gentleman should be aware that time is taken to consider carefully replies to hon. Members.