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Parliamentary odd and ends

From Hansard:

Madeleine Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the merits of prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the rail network.

Paul Clark: Train companies can already prohibit alcohol on trains using their powers under the railway byelaws. This in turn prevents alcohol being consumed on trains. The byelaws also permit train companies and the police to remove disorderly passengers from trains and stations as well as prosecute for antisocial behaviour.

The idea of being stuck on a long distance train without the possibility of a consoling G&T is horrifying...


Elsewhere, this:

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the average temperature in (a) Norman Shaw North, (b) Norman Shaw South, (c) Portcullis House and (d) those parts of the Palace of Westminster for which the House of Commons Commission is responsible was in each of the last 12 months.

Nick Harvey: The Commission is unable to provide these figures as the building management system, controlling heating, power, lighting and ventilation on the Parliamentary Estate, retains temperature records for only three days.

Erm, what purpose is served by collecting results for three days? Anyone?

Soames wants to know the following:

Mr. Soames: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the net international migration by non-British citizens was in respect of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1991.

And this is what it looks like:

And some more fun with stats:

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of jobs created have been in the public sector in each year since 1997.


Kevin Brennan [....] Statistics on jobs in the public sector are not available. However we can provide the change in the number of employees (the closest available measure) for both the public and private sectors alongside total employment since 1997. These figures will therefore exclude any vacancies.

Which looks like this:


Bears an uncanny resemblance to the flag of the Ukrainian SSR:


The variation year on year is pretty limited, with public sector ranging from 19.1% to 20.3%. It is more than a little alarming that growth in the public sector has been so consistent


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