Each year, I table a question asking how many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year. I have previously written on how the number of letters we receive has declined in recent years. In 2006, for example, 4,789,935 items of post were received. In 2010, the figure was 3,082,187. I have now received the answer for 2011. The figure is 2,691,576. (Of this, 25 per cent is estimated to come to the Lords.) As the number of letters we receive decline, the number of e-mails increase. I have recently been inundated with e-mails concerning the Welfare Reform Bill, but have not had a single letter on the subject.