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Mildly amusing protocol non-compliance o' the day

A staggeringly dull Hansard today, and this is all I have found thus far:

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Turkey on its non-compliance with the Ankara Protocol; and if he will make a statement. 


Chris Bryant: Ministers and officials across Government have frequent contact with Turkish counterparts on all aspects of Turkey's EU accession process, including discussion of the Additional Ankara Protocol, where we urge Turkey to take forward its implementation. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary did so most recently with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on 25 September 2009.

Fancy having a protocol named for one's nation's capital and then not complying with it.  Apart from sounding like an airport bestseller, the Ankara Protocol would appear to involve our Turkish chums opening up ports and airports to traffic from Cyprus.   

Elsewhere, this:

Lady Hermon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the names are of the members of the Prime Minister's working group on the Presbyterian Mutual Society.


Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Ministerial Working Group on the Presbyterian Mutual Society is chaired by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The other members are: the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, the First Minister for Northern Ireland, the Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland, the Minister for Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland.

Well, the Kirk is Presbytarian, so Broon is quite a relevant chairman.  Liam Byrne's religious affiliation has not lept out at me, but I think I can guess...  Ian Pearson - who has the excellent middle name of Phares, with this by far the most interesting thing about him - does not wear is allegiance on his sleeve either.  Peter Robinson is NOT a Presbytarian but rather a Pentecostalist.  Yes, really.  Martin McGuinness - well, you work it out.   And last but not least, Arlene Foster is a DUP bod, so presumably a Prod of some description.  So, were I a Presbytarian and of a paranoid disposition, I might question the credentials of the working group.

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