If you have a look at the TheyWorkForYou.Com website, you can find out a lot about what an individual MP has been doing.
For example, there’s a lot there about our Rayleigh MP , Mark Francois. One thing stands out – in his role as Shadow Treasury Minister, he asks lots of written questions in parliament- he’s received about 610 answers in the last year. That is a lot – the Lib Dem MP Norman Baker is renowned for asking lots of questions, and he has only received answers to 533 in the past year. For Rochford MP James Duddridge, the figure is only 78
This aspect of his work as an MP doesn’t seemed to have been picked up by our local media, and it’s not something that the local Conservative Party have highlighted either. Here’s a few of Mark Francois’ recent questions (clink on the links to see the answers)
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in 2006-07.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of running No. 11 Downing street were in 2005-06.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what costs have been incurred by her Department as a result of proposals to create a Ministry of Justice.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2007, Official Report, column 519W, on identity cards, how penalties under the Identity Cards Act 2006 will be communicated to those who incur them.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals related to suspected terrorists have had their welfare payments (a) suspended and (b) terminated in each of the last nine months; and what value of payments was suspended or terminated in each case.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the principal population projections of the Government Actuary’s Department for 2031, what estimate he has made of the effect of the expected increase in the UK’s population on UK carbon emissions; and if he will make a statement.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he hosted in each of the last six months; and what the (i) location, (ii) total cost and (iii) purpose was of each event.
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people Sport England employed in each region in each of the last eight years.