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No overtime for Mandy?

More Parliamentary odds and ends:

"Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many laptops were provided to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department in each year since 2005; and what the cost to the public purse was. [266346]"

Fascinating, huh?

Anyway, McFadden's figures give two, yes two, laptops in use at ministerial level in 2009. And the BERR has seven ministers. Does this mean that two peons are slaving away on the train home, or that five of them are being denied their inalienable right to play tetris at the weekend?

Meanwhile, and wholly unconnected to the above, what is England's #1 motoring offence, with near as damn it a quarter of a million convictions in 2007?

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals were convicted of each driving offence in each year since 1997.

Mr. Straw: The number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences relating to motor vehicles in England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2007 (latest available) are shown in the following tables.

Vehicle insurance offences, followed by licence related offences ay 184,826 and only then speeding at a derisory 148,607. Surprised? I was.

Elsewhere, David Drew asked this: "To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals from each country of origin (a) serving and (b) who formerly served in the UK armed forces are estimated would become eligible for residency in the UK if there were an automatic right to residency as a current or former service person".

Go on, guess.



I knew that there were a fair number of Fijians serving Her Maj, but relative to population it looks to be St Vincent and the Grenadines that is the most reliant on the forces for employment opportunities. For what it is worth, I am in favour of nationality for anyone serving a full term and being honourably discharged.

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 9:34 am

"speeding at a derisory 148,607"

Speeding is not usually a court matter because it is a question of fact. The police camera or fixed camera either catches you or does not so there is not much wiggle room for court shenanigans. I suspect that the total number of "disposals" is rather higher...  



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