MoD TELLS DOUGHTY ‘YOU’VE WRITTEN BEFORE – ASKING THE SAME QUESTION’

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth at his writing desk

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth at his busy writing desk

Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – now free of Opposition front-bench chores – has been busying himself submitting a number of written questions to Government ministers.

However the replies  he’s getting back may not be what quite he had hoped for. In one case he’s been reminded that he’s already asked the same question before – and that an answer can only be provided at “disproportionate cost” –   [the parliamentary equivalent of telling him to get lost].

Young members of the armed services marching through Penarth in 2013

Young members of the armed services marching through Penarth in 2013

Doughty had asked the Secretary of State for Defence, “What the country of manufacture is of each type and item of military uniforms in each branch of the armed services?” .

Defence Minister Philip Dunne referred Doughty to the reply he'd been sent in 2014

Defence Minister Philip Dunne referred Doughty to the reply he’d been sent in 2014

In response, Doughty received a somewhat curt reply from Defence Minister Phillip Dunne reminding him  that this was pretty much the same question that he’d already submitted 15 months ago  – back in November 2014 – when he had asked ” in which country uniforms for the (a) British Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy, including the Royal Marines, are manufactured?”

Dunne penned back a brusque reply to Doughty saying  ” I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 November 2014.” … Westminster code for “go and look up the answer that we sent you then”.

On that occasion, the 2014 answer sent to Doughty had been no more enlightening :- “The Ministry of Defence has a large number of contracts for clothing with UK and international suppliers. However, the detailed information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.”  In referring back to the 2014 answer, the MoD was – in effect – dismissing Doughty’s question as a money-wasting gimmick.

  • Home Office Minister James Brokenshire

    Home Office Minister James Brokenshire

    Doughty has also written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May asking “which were the top 10 countries of origin of asylum seekers accommodated in (a) Wales and (b) the UK in each of the last six years?” (Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has written back telling Doughty “The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.”)

  • Doughty has also asked the Home Secretary “how many asylum seekers who are (a) men, (b) women and (c) under 18 were accommodated by her Department in each constituency in Wales in each of the last six years?”  Minister James Brokenshire has repeated his earlier reply – telling Doughty yet again ” It will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.”
  • In like vein Doughty has also asked the Home Secretary: “How many individual unique addresses asylum seekers were accommodated in by her Department in each constituency in the UK in each of the last six years.”

Doughty has also asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer:-

  • how many complaints from members of the public were received by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) relating to the closure of the HMRC enquiry centre in Cardiff in the last 18 months?” and
  • “how many enquiries regarding self-assessment originating from each constituency were handled by HM Revenue and Customs call centres in each of the last three tax years?”

On average every written question costs the taxpayer £164 to answer.

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5 Responses to MoD TELLS DOUGHTY ‘YOU’VE WRITTEN BEFORE – ASKING THE SAME QUESTION’

  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Mr Doughty is trying to catch the Government out on this as their responses are less than patriotic, evasive and frighteningly, proves the House of Commons does not have sufficient budget to answer crucial Defence Policy questions in detail. Thank God the Daily Mail has the dosh. Here’s the most recently available answer in this extract from the Freedom of Information Request made by the Daily Mail in 2013 who probably stumped up the disgraceful “stop the public finding out sur-charge” on Freedom of Information Requests
    FACT
    Just six per cent of army uniforms were made in Britain last year under manufacturing contracts worth £5million while £75million worth of production was outsourced to India, China and Eastern Europe.
    FACT
    In total, the Ministry of Defence spent £80.6million on kit last year. £42.5million of this was spent across the European Union, £5million on the Indian sub-continent, £1.5million in north Africa and £27million in the Far East – with most of that money going to China.In contrast, in the US, the law states military uniforms must be made in the United States by US firms.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Yes not a lot of Local stuff really. Still thinks he has a big career. I’ve asked Mr Doughty to raise questions in the House of Commons and ask parliament to investigate the “under the counter” private land sale to an offshore company partly owned by Stan the Pie Its reported. This sale lost the British tax payer c £38 million. This has been swept under the carpet with a lame apology from Carwyn. Something smells very badly and I’ve yet to hear back from Mr Doughty who is course is labour. Mr Doughty- concentrate on local problems ay!

  3. Christopher David says:

    I don’t doubt it J Jones but I’m apolitical. A lightweight is a lightweight from whichever “denomination” I want local MP’s to address local matters and the land sale is a major scandal that’s being kept under wraps- by labour.

  4. June Jones says:

    Our MP cannot only be interested in local issues . He represents us in our UK wide parliament where we want our voice to be heard.

  5. Christopher David says:

    You may think so but he needs much more experience before he enters the world stage and early signs indicate he may never be up to it. He’s made some howlers. Sort out his home patch and Wales in general first, he could start with the under the counter land sale which is being wept under the carpet.. Then highlight major issues like the Welsh budget deficit and waste such as £10 million being spent on…”gender awareness in the workplace” (bonkers) That’s how he could make his ambitious name. You’re obviously biased- possibly a fan of his sponsor Alan Michael as well.

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