Not Taking No For An Answer

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When you ask a patently silly question but receive a firm but polite reply a normal person might get the hint.

Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Moor View, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department’s RWMIK vehicle platform has passed the NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2A test.

The obvious answer was

Peter Luff (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Defence Equipment, Support and Technology), Defence; Mid Worcestershire, Conservative)

I regret that I must withhold the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

That question is liking what the launch codes are for Trident or the address and postcode of the building where all the secret plans are stored!

Does she give up?

7 days later

Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Moor View, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2A test reports on the RWMIK vehicle platform.

Instead of telling her to calm down and stop being bloody stupid, we get this

Peter Luff (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Defence Equipment, Support and Technology), Defence; Mid Worcestershire, Conservative)

I regret that I must withhold the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Do you think she has got the message?

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