Parliamentary round-up.

This month in Parliament, pensions was the main subject of debate along with many other topics:

1) School Fires

Tom Cox MP asked the Secretary State for Education and Skills (Rt Hon MP Ruth Kelly) how many fires there were in schools in England in each of the last three years; and how many she estimates were caused by arson.

Derek Twigg replied that the ODPM has overall policy lead for fire safety and arson reduction across government departments; it is the ODPM rather than this department that compiles statistics on fire in schools.

2) Publicity

Mr Laws asked the Secretary of State for Transport what the expenditure was for his department over the last few years.

Charlotte Atkins responded by stating that following departmental reorganisations, her department no longer has responsibility for campaigns such as fire safety and the environment run by predecessor departments. …

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