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Monday, 30 June 2008

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Passengers help government official look for disk

Transport for London has responded to the recent spate of mislaid confidential documents and miscellaneous computer disks by government officials with what it feels is a novel and relatively cheap solution to the problem.

Spokesman Ray Lembargo explains:

"We have decided that all trains passing through Westminster station will no longer have seats.

"This means that any government official on the train to or from the House of Commons will not be able to sit down, read their documents and then subsequently leave them behind on the train. By having to stand for their entire journey, regardless of the time of day, they will have to hold their briefcase, handbag or portfolio in their hand at all time.

"Coupled with the "suspicious packages" announcements we regularly make, this should contribute to a much lower, if not nil level of document loss.

"We got this idea from Virgin trains one evening when we hopped on their 17.20 Glasgow Cross-Country train from Sheffield. Customers boarding this train at Sheffield take it for granted that they have a better chance of winning the lottery than they have of getting a seat.

"We couldn't help but notice that busy Sheffield executives have to keep their briefcases, laptops, documents and copies of Take a Break with them at all times."

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