asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will now reply to the letter to the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton (Sir G. Young), dated 3 August, from the hon. Member for Melton, with which he enclosed a letter from Mr. Chris Pay of Brookfield House children's home, Melton Mowbray, about the boarding out regulations, in view of the fact that the Under-Secretary of State's private office was asked by telephone on 30 October for a speedy reply.
I have now replied to my hon. Friend and much regret the delay.