Thursday, June 08, 2006

Weekly Round-Up Of Parliamentary Nonsense VI

Now that the Parliamentary Recess is well and truly over the Round Up Returns, and we can clearly see that the great and the good have spent their free time conjuring up even more impressive displays of pedantry than they did before:

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hours a week was broadcast by the BBC World Service to (a) Bhutan and (b) Nepal

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average length of the school day in England was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security guards wearing Crown-based insignia (a) there are in and (b) have been contracted by the civil service, broken down by community background.

Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regimental bands there are in the Army

Bob Russell (Colchester) (LD): What her [Tessa Jowell’s] policy is for the promotion of English folk dance and song?

New Crusade: - Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his Answer of 19 April 2006, Official Report, column 729W, on television stand-by switches, what estimate he has made of the percentage of televisions in use which consume three to eight watts in stand-by mode. [74192] – Gawd bless ya Gregory.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in (a) Beverley and Holderness and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber have switched to digital television;

More next week dear Guttersnipes...

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