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Today's brass neck award...

Goes to Tessa Jowell. And here is why:

"Mr. Gibb: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many Questions for written answer were tabled to her in each Session since she was appointed; and how many were (i) answered substantively and (ii) not answered on grounds of disproportionate cost"

A fairly reasonable question, no?

And the answer:

"The number of written questions tabled (and transferred) to me as Minister for the Olympics is as follows: 2006-7 - 82 2007-8 - 293".

So far so good.

Here comes the bit where I suspect that her c1-c7 vertabrae are rich in an alloy of zinc and copper:

"Information on how many written questions were answered substantively and not answered on grounds of disproportionate cost is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost".

Insert your preferred empahatic term for 'nonsense' here. TJ could set one of her underlings to search Hansard - always supposing she did not have the information in her own files and deliver an answer after maybe 10 minutes work by the minion.


Tem minutes is rather an over estimate. Here are the results of searching 'disproportionate cost' at Theyworkforyou.com.

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Anonymous Matthew said... 9:57 am

If you wanted to perform the same search for the larger departments, where more than one Minister might reply, you'd want something like this: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/search/?s=disproportionate+cost&department=Olympics :)  



Blogger Jonny Mac said... 4:40 pm

Tessa Jowell or Patsy Hewitt...who do I hate more...God, but it's a clsoe run thing  



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