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Home Speeches Oral Cabinet Office Questions: Topical - House of Commons - 8th February 2017

Oral Cabinet Office Questions: Topical - House of Commons - 8th February 2017

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Sir Simon Burns (Chelmsford) (Con)

T8. Does my hon. Friend accept that although we are told that it is good to talk, Departments are making it infinitely more difficult for Members to contact private offices on behalf of their constituents due to inaccuracies and the withdrawal of the central register of private office numbers? Will the Minister tell us when the practice of putting communal numbers in the register will be stopped, and the individual numbers of Ministers’ private offices will be restored as they were, so that we can have proper communications between Ministers’ offices and Members on behalf of our constituents’ needs? [908683]

Ben Gummer

I owe Members an apology for this. It is true that some of the telephone numbers in the directory were inaccurate and some were general numbers. The revision is being made quarterly—the next one is in March—and I have instructed all Departments to provide private office numbers, as Members rightly expect.