In a previous post I have drawn attention to the decline in the volume of written correspondence flowing into the Palace of Westminster. I have now received the data for 2014. One can see from the following table the clear trend.
The figures for 2005 onwards are (with the percentage going to the Lords in parenthesis):
2005 4,733,000 (estimate) (20%)
2006 4,789,935 (no % given for the Lords)
2007 4,199,853 (20%)
2008 4,135,144 (15%)
2009 3,540,080 (25%)
2010 3,082,187 (25%)
2011 2,691,576 (25%)
2012 2,544,019 (25%)
2013 2,490,256 (25%)
2014 2,234,763 (25%)
In short, the snail mail coming into Parliament was the lowest it has been in recent times. Within a decade, the volume has more than halved. As I have previously argued, this appears attributable not to fewer people writing to MPs and peers, but rather to people switching to e-mail as the preferred choice for making contact: it is quicker and cheaper. Certainly, organisations lobbying on issues, or sending invitations, tend to utilise e-mail. The availability of e-mail is a great leveller, in that any campaigning organisation, great or small, can make use of it, with the result that more and more mail is sent to members of both Houses, just not in traditional paper form.