asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a letter from a town clerk applying for a permit for chestnut fencing for the purpose of enclosing allotments was passed through eight different offices; was answered by the Ministry of Health, after nearly seven weeks, advising that it should be sent back to the Ministry of Agriculture to whom it had been originally addressed; and,
I am looking into the particular case to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers, and will communicate with him as soon as possible. The importance of speedy decisions by Departments is fully appreciated, and I am sending to my hon. and gallant Friend a copy of instructions issued to all Departments on the avoidance of delays.