The week in Parliament – fraud, vending machines and parking fines

May 22, 2009 at 11:37 am 1 comment

by Andrew Brentnall

What we’ve learnt this week…

• There are 13 vending machines in operation on the House of Commons estate. [275513]

• The Government spent £15,930 on parking fines last year (Government Car and Dispatch Agency). [275833]

• Last year 42% of bus drivers in Manchester were deemed to be driving unacceptably under the Driving Quality Monitoring scheme by the Department of Transport. [275215]

• BERR’s average call duration to 084 numbers this year is two minutes and nine seconds. [275146]

• DEFRA’s carbon emissions and energy consumption increased last year (calculated per full time member of staff). [276133]

• The Valuation Office Agency has a contract with the online estate agents to collect some of its data. [275767]

• Since its establishment, the Freedom of Information Act has incurred costs of £142,838 through legal actions. [276329]

• There are currently 120 operational wind farms in England and Wales (112 onshore and eight offshore). [275031]

• The Department for Work and Pensions lost £541,679 last year due to internal fraud. [245255]

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

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dan  |  May 23, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    You maybe interested in another possible fraud involving billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money pumped into private companies operating the New Deal scheme.

    Participants are stuck in detention centres for 30 hours doing non-stop Jobsearch instead of being stuck into work placements or training to gain and develop skills to improve employability as the New Deal course is supposed to do. is a website discussing the New Deal system, its failures and how private companies are profiting from deception. Hope you find it useful.


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