In a new initiative to eliminate poor outcomes for voters in the UK, from next April the House of Commons and House of Lords will be required to publish the number of members sitting in the house every day.
After many years of neglect and abuse, and apocryphal tales of days when there are more cleaners than parliamentarians in Westminster, this Francis inquiry recommendation will be put into action next year.
William Cooperson, MP for Digby NorthEast & Calton, told Radio 4's Today programme :
"Insufficient staffing levels in the house can have a disastrous effect on the quality of bills passed. The traditional checks and balances of parliamentary democracy cannot be upheld. For instance, last Tuesday it was just Dave and George and no-one else turned up. They sat on opposite sides of the house, threw smarties at each other and introduced 387 new items of legislation. We're not even sure yet what half of them are about. My aide tells me that one of them makes it compulsory for anyone north of Doncaster to eat deep-fried goldfish on a Friday."