To ask the Prime Minister if she will take steps to improve co-ordination between the Departments of Employment and Health and Social Security, with particular regard to replies to correspondence for hon. Members on behalf of their constituents in the light of the transfer of a letter for the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth dated 3 December 1987 from the Department of Employment to the Department of Health and Social Security, then back to the Department of Employment; and if she will make a statement.
The Departments concerned regret the delay in dealing with this particular case, to which a response will be sent very shortly. Co-operation between the Department of Health and Social Security and the Department of Employment is normally satisfactory and does not lead to delay in replying to correspondence.