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So, who's the careless minister at the DoT?

From Hansard:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) BlackBerry devices and (b) mobile telephones have been lost by (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in his Department in each year since 2005

Hoon [blah blah blah]

The table shows a blackberry lost by a minister in 2009. Anyone fancying a witch hunt - and who doesn't? - might note that the current ministers at the DoT are the Hoon himself, Lord Adonis, Jim Fitzpatrick and Paul Clarke.

Meanwhile, some curious figures involving 3 Para:

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in 3 Para are not (a) authorised, (b) trained and (c) certified to parachute.

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: 500 personnel out of 594 posts in 3 PARA are trained as paratroopers. Of those, 327 personnel are currently certified to parachute.


Note the waggishness of Peter Bone
:

"Mr. Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Con): I am very encouraged by what the Minister says. Does she agree that, where there is a male in a top job and a talented female deputy has been in place for a considerable time, done a very good job and has stood in, at times, for the boss, she should automatically get the next job? Can the Minister think of anyone close to her to whom that might apply?

Maria Eagle: I think I know what the hon. Gentleman is getting at, and I do not wish to get drawn into the individual circumstances in particular workplaces—he is inviting me to walk down a very difficult path. We need to do better overall in order to use the talents of all our people, including the women.


And from the Other Place, a burningly important issue comes to the fore:

"Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (a) members of the public, and (b) police officers, are prohibited from using mobile phones while riding a horse on a public highway; and, if so, what are the penalties for the offence. [HL3474]

The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): Members of the public and police officers are not prohibited from using a mobile phone while riding a horse on a public highway, so there are no penalties.



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