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The Hansard Trawl, featuring tenrecs, the demon drink and the prospect of rather dull uploads to Youtube

Rozza opens up a new line in questioning. The man is indefatigable:

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals of each species were kept in quarantine facilities operated by his Department in 2008

And at number one with the proverbial bullet, are primates (2,209), beating a challenge from dogs (2,110) and cats (1,169). After that, it gets interesting, with beavers (38) in fourth, rabbits, tenrecs (I'd never heard of them either), cheetahs, bats and fruit bats. And just the one binturong, inter alia.

Someone does not 'get' it:

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cheadle of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 399W, on railways: marketing, for what reason his Department has incurred no advertising expenditure, other than for statutory advertising, since the amalgamation into his Department of the Strategic Rail Authority; and if he will make a statement.

Chris Mole: The Department for Transport uses a wide range of media and events to inform the public about rail policies and programmes. Advertising travel by rail is a matter for the rail industry, which spends substantial sums on advertising.

Maybe he is pining for 'this is the age of the train', or 'we're getting there'.

Something for Lord Adonis to do during the working day:

Mr. Drew: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if the Secretary of State will make it his policy to monitor the incidence of publication on the internet of video recordings of traffic violations.

Paul Clark: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Campbell) on 30 June 2009, Official Report, column 168W.

Tempting to wander the mean streets filming cars on double yellows and uploading the results to Youtube with suitably lurid descriptions.

The most unanswerable question of the week, probably:

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the statutory obligations upon it provided for in legislation on matters for which it is responsible which were introduced as a consequence of obligations arising from EU legislation in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available. [283472]

Mr. Straw: Information as to statutory obligations arising from EU legislation and their associated costs is not held centrally by the Department and could not be collected without disproportionate cost.

I suppose Straw could have replied 'how long is a piece of string', so I suppose he should be commended for his restraint.

In an unintentionally (?) telling juxtaposition, this question

'James Brokenshire: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) men and (b) women aged (a) under 20, (b) between 21 and 30, (c) between 31 and 40, (d) between 41 and 50, (e) between 51 and 60 and (f) 61 years and above died from an underlying cause which was alcohol-related in each of the last 10 years

(A total of 5,870 last year)

was followed by this:

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cannabis-related deaths there were in (a) Crosby constituency and (b) Merseyside in the last 12 months

and the response

There were no deaths where the underlying cause was drug poisoning and cannabis was mentioned alone or with other substances on the death certificate in (a) Crosby constituency,in 2007 (the latest year available).

There were no deaths where the underlying cause was drug poisoning and cannabis alone was mentioned on the death certificate.. in Merseyside metropolitan county, in 2007

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Blogger JuliaM said... 4:20 pm

"And just the one binturong, inter alia. "

Pity. You can never have enough binturongs.

And tenrecs wouldn't make very good pets, being (basically) shrew analogues.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:44 pm

The binturong looks a fairly endearing creature, but agreed the other beastie does not look much more loveable than the hideousness that is the naked mole rat.  

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