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Yet another Hansard trawl

I'm going to miss this during the recess...

Here's a good question:

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount of waste arising from his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff.

And came the response:

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department has made the following estimate of the amount of waste arising:

Total 2006-07: 2,070 tonnes, 2007-08: 187.32 tonnes

Per full-time equivalent member of staff: 2006-07: 2.49 tonnes/FTE, 2007-08: 0.27 tonnes/FTE.

That's an awful lot of 'eye-catching initiatives', press releases and so forth.

Looks like the Taliban do a bit of Hansard trawling themselves:

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times each type of aircraft has (a) come under fire and (b) been damaged by enemy fire in Afghanistan in each of the last five years.

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I am withholding the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Head scratcher o' the day:

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will undertake research into the effect of dog microchipping schemes on (a) levels of crime and (b) perceptions of crime.

Jim Fitzpatrick: There are no plans to assess the effect of dog microchipping schemes on levels of (a) crime and (b) perception of crime.

Erm, how would the questions be phrased? 'Do you feel safer at night knowing that cyborg dogs roam the land?'.

And what about this?:

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals have been entered for GCSE Latin in each year since 1997.

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Repeat after me, "Correlation does not imply causation".

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Blogger James Higham said... 11:04 am

I do like that correlation between free meals and Latin. Hadn't thought about that one.  

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