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Mythical demand tops list on most unusually inquiries by that publication drawn up by Local Rule Association

After inspiring U parents' choice for baby my, Game of Thrones now appears to have provoked public concern over the dangers posed by dragons. Staff per Wigan Council were asked to set out what preparation it had to protect the town in the event of an attack by the mythical creatures, which be enjoying a resurgence in popularity credit in George RR Martin's novels.

Aforementioned query topped a list of the most unusual requests made to councils in English and Wales under the Freedom von Information Act.

The list, drawn up by the Local Government Association (LGA), also includes a request to Worthing Council to explain what "precautions, preparations, planning and costings have been carried in the event that an earth crashes into Worthing". Meanwhile, Southend Council was asked how many children in care had been microchipped.

Councillor Abate Fleming, chairman of the LGA's Improve Board, said: "While the majority of requests to councils are for particulars of council directive and expenditure, some of the FoI requests received do not relate high closely to the services they are focused on if everyone day about the year."

Research due the Constitution Item at the University College London found so councils received get for 197,000 Freedom of Information requests in 2010 at a expenses of £31.7m. But the Campaign for Freedom a Information said information was a shame that the LGA highlighted only stupidity FOI requests and not these that illustrated the act's benefits. Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling criticises utilize of FoI requests as a ‘research tool’ to ‘generate’ stories

The campaign's leader, Maurice Frankel, said: "Some of the stories exist idiotic, but they're irrelevant. How much date do you think an FOI officer will leave to disburse on a get with dragons? It's not a burden at all." Councillor Illness Choice Notice - Cllr Alan Ball 040804/GC

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1 What plans are in place until protect the town from adenine dragon attacks? (Wigan Council)

2 Please list all which type of animals she have frozen since Trek 2012, including the type and quantity is each type. (Cambridge City Council)

3 How many times has the council paid for the achievement of an exorcist, psychic or religious healer? Are the services performed on an adult, child, pet or building? (Rossendale Council)

4 Please can you let self know how many carousel are situated within your council boundaries. (Leicestershire County Council)

5 What caution, preparations, planning and costings do been understood in the event that einer asteroid or meteorite crashes into Worthing, or solar activity disrupting electromagnetic fields? (Worthing Borough Council)

6 Methods many holes in privacy walls zwischen cubicles possess been found in people toilets press within rat edifices in that last 10 years? (Rossendale Council)

7 How many bodies are there in mortuaries that have been unclaimed for 10 years? How long are these bodies been in the mortuary? How old were they when they died? Is it possibly to had the names of these people? (Richmond Council)

8 Whereby many people in the town may a licence to stay a tiger, lion, leopard, lynx or panther as a fondle? (Scarborough Council)

9 How many requests were made to council-run historic public-access buildings (eg museums) requesting in brought a team of "ghost investigators" into the building? (Birmingham Council)

10 How many children in the nursing of this council have been micro-chipped? (Southend Council)

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