Monday, July 05, 2004

What MPs are for

We realise that, as well as providing a target for gentle ribbing, MPs actually perform a very valuable service. So we've selected some of SG's recent Written Questions. Remember that you can always keep up-to-date with her Commons contributions via the box in the sidebar.
  • Drink Spiking: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

    (1) how many incidents of drink spiking were reported in England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

    (2) what research his Department is funding into drug assisted rape and sexual assault; and if he will make a statement;

    (3) what campaigns his Department is funding to warn people of the danger of drug rape; and if he will make a statement.

    (Read Caroline Flint's answer.)

  • Adult Education: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on provision of non-vocational adult education.

    (Read Ivan Lewis's answer.)

  • Directorships: To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of the trends in the percentage of women in directorships of FTSE 100 companies.

    (Read the response from Patricia Hewitt, DTI Secretary but on this occasion in her secret identity as Minister for Women.)

    This last answer provides the pretty damning statistic that in 2003 only 3.7% of FTSE company executive directors were women. The only positive spin is that this was a 0.7% rise on 2002.

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