The week in Parliament – BlackBerry loss, incapacity benefit and garden gnomes

May 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm 1 comment

by Andrew Brentnall

What we’ve learnt this week …

– DEFRA has secured an additional £4.3million to protect the health of bees as both bumble and solitary bee numbers are depleting [273301]

– Since its creation in October 2008, the Department for Energy and Climate Change has paid more than £75,000 in bonuses to its staff [258006]

– The amount of 16-24 year olds claiming incapacity benefit in March 2009 has almost doubled since last year [270856]

– Garden sheds, fish ponds and garden gnomes are not taken into account when valuing a property. [HL3158]

– The Department of Transport has lost 8 BlackBerry mobile devices so far in 2009 (including one minister) [274470]

– The Government received over £7.5million in interest from loans to developing countries in 2007/8 [269086]

– British Airways is charging up to $4,000 for a one-way ticket out of Mexico-City [14/05/09:1075]

– Non-smoking prisoners should not share a cell with a smoking counterpart [272828]

All statistics and information is taken from parliamentary answers and debates.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. RLC  |  May 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    “The Department of Transport has lost 8 BlackBerry mobile devices so far in 2009 (including one minister)”

    Which minister has been lost, and has he or she been returned safely to their owner yet?


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