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Departmental Correspondence

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is her Department's policy that Ministers should sign replies to hon. Members writing on constituency cases; and under which circumstances Ministers would not sign such replies. (193818)

Current Home Office policy is for Ministers to sign replies to all letters received from hon. Members.

Separately, the Border and Immigration Agency has a similar policy except that, where the letter relates to the day-to-day operations of the agency, Ministers have authorised the chief executive to reply on their behalf. Where hon. Members write direct to the agency rather than to a Minister, an official reply is sent.