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Embassies: Correspondence

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what targets have been set in relation to the time taken by British High Commissions to reply to correspondence from hon. Members; and what proportion of correspondence from hon. Members received a reply from the British High Commission in Islamabad within the target time in the latest period for which figures are available. (282724)

Correspondence received in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is dealt with under Cabinet Office guidelines which state that all Departments should set targets for replying to correspondence from MPs. These targets (which may be different to the targets set for other types of correspondence) will be published in the annual correspondence report co-ordinated by the Cabinet Office. Individual Departments’ targets for routine correspondence from MPs should be a maximum of 20 working days. We do not have details of correspondence for specific overseas posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what targets are set in relation to the time taken by British consulates to reply to correspondence from hon. Members. (282731)

Correspondence received in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is dealt with under Cabinet Office guidelines which state that all Departments should set targets for replying to correspondence from MPs. These targets (which may be different to the targets set for other types of correspondence) will be published in the annual correspondence report co-ordinated by the Cabinet Office. Individual Departments’ targets for routine correspondence from MPs should be a maximum of 20 working days.