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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) how many letters sent from the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans to (a) charities, (b) members of the Armed Forces and (c) members of the public have been signed (i) personally and (ii) using an electronic or scanned signature since 11 May 2010;
(2) what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in his Department on the use of scanned and electronic signatures in letters to hon. Members;
(3) what proportion of letters were signed (a) personally and (b) using an electronic or scanned signature by each Minister in his Department since 11 May 2010.
I never use an electronic or scanned signature to sign letters.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on