Tag Archive for Correspondence

Westminster mail

Lord Norton

At the beginning of each year, I table a Question asking how many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year and what proportion is received in the House of Lords. I have just had the answer to my Question for 2008.  Last year, 4,135,144 items of post were…

Making an impact

Lord Norton

I thought it may be worthwhile repeating a comment just contributed to my earlier post on engaging with the public: SARAH: ‘Not many people know that they may write to any lord about an issue that concerns them. I did this recently and my reward was a full debate arising from my letter. I was…

Interesting correspondence

Lord Norton

Lord Dholakia identifies the fact that some of the correspondence we receive can leave one scratching one’s head.  We receive some serious and sometimes heart-rending letters.  However, some letters do leave you wondering what you are expected to do with them.  Some of the stranger variety have a religious element, often without a return address.  One letter I…

The parliamentary package

Lord Norton

The work of the House of Lords should not be confused with sittings of the House. A great deal of work takes place in committees – indeed, committee work can be much more time consuming that participating in debates in the chamber – and in peers’ offices. Committee work entails not only attending meetings but…

Dear Lord….

Lord Norton

 Parliamentarians, especially MPs, receive a mass of letters.  Each year, I put down a question asking how many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year.  Last month, I was given the figures for 2007.  A total of 4,199,853 items of post were received.   The percentage split between the…