To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will request, through his nominees on the Eastern health and social services board, an immediate and considerable improvement in the time taken to reply to letters from right hon. and hon. Members; and if he will make a statement.
Guidance was issued to boards in June 1985 on the target time scale for replying to inquiries of this type, and in the light of the right hon. Gentleman's question I will remind boards of their obligations in this matter.If the right hon. Gentleman has any specific complaints he would like to raise with my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for health matters, he would be glad to pursue them.