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Meanwhile back in 2009

A small outbreak of written answers has just occured.

Nick Gibb (Con): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 747-51W, on geography: GCE A level, how many and what percentage of the maintained mainstream schools that did not enter any pupils for an A level examination in geography entered at least one pupil for an A level examination in (a) media studies, (b) communication and culture and (c) sociology.

As a Geography A level laureate (and an S level too - I got a distinction.  Preeen preen) I am all in favour of folk studying the Queen of the Sciences - as I once saw it called in a Times editorial, but I suspect that Gibb is going for a cheap jibe here.   Gibb himself is a lawyer turned accountant.

Anyway, let's see what  Hoakey Coker has to say for himself:

Mr. Coaker:  Of the maintained mainstream schools that did not enter any pupils for an A level in geography in 2006-07:

      (a) 116 (49 per cent.) entered at least one pupil for an A level in media, film and TV studies.

      (b) 8 (3 per cent.) entered at least one pupil for an A level in communication studies.

      (c) 141 (59 per cent.) entered at least one pupil for an A level in sociology.


Somewhat depressing, but quite possibly some of those children would have been incapable of passing Geography

Francis Maude has been doing some digging, and the egregiously awful Jowell is thus on the rack:

Departmental Internet

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the meaning is of each (a) acronym and (b) abbreviation used on the editorial policy section of her Department's CabWeb intranet site.
Tessa Jowell: I have placed in the Library a document expanding each acronym and abbreviation in the editorial policy section of CabWeb.


Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan

Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times (a) Mr Derek Draper and (b) Mr Charlie Whelan has visited the Cabinet Office/Downing Street complex in the last six months. [287211]

Tessa Jowell: I am not aware of any meetings involving Derek Draper or Charlie Whelan.


Not exactly a wholehearted denial, is it?  Or might one say that TJ has not been paying attention?  Meanwhile, is there anything connecting the gruesome duo with the abbreviations?  Might there be a DDIC in there, standing for '..is cool', or ADIGTGHFHKI for, ahem, 'Alistair Darling is going to get his head kicked in'  or somesuch?

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