Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on MEPs Correspondence on 4th April 1990.
Mr. David Young To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 18 June 1989, how many communications he has received from Members of the European Parliament that concern local or United Kingdom matters; and if he will make it his practice where such matters are involved to provide the hon. Member for the local constituency with a copy of the correspondence and the reply for information.
Mr. Major Since 18 June 1989 Treasury Ministers have received 40 communications from Members of the European Parliament concerning local or United Kingdom matters. Where Members of the European Parliament raise matters in correspondence which are exclusively of local interest, the practice is to reply suggesting that the MEP should refer the matter to the hon. Member for the constituency concerned. As with other correspondence, replies to such communications would normally be copied to the hon. Member concerned only if the MEP had himself copied his letter in this way.