The Mother of all Parliaments returns from summer recess today and eager MPs have tabled the first batch of Written Parliamentary Questions in their mission to hold Ministers of the Crown to account.
Re-joining them in this role as a backbencher is ministerial resignee and alleged coup plotter Tom Watson. And he has tabled his first WPQs of the new Parliamentary term:
|Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) diary commitments and (b) travel arrangements were for the Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans for the week beginning Sunday 3rd September.|
|Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what understanding his Department had with the Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans about how he would travel from his holiday in Scotland to his official engagements on Wednesday 6th September.|
As you can see, he is tabling Questions about the movements of the Under Secretary of State for Defence in the fateful week in September. And who was the Under Secretary of State for Defence on these dates? Well, it was…Tom Watson himself.
We can only assume that he wishes to get something about the week on to the public record. Either that, or this is a great way to demand your last week’s travel expenses from a former employer. Either way, we will watch for the Written Answers to these with some interest.