May 28th, 2010

dave 'n' nick

Meetings of the British Cabinet?

I'm afraid this question is both terribly specific and not common knowledge. Does anyone know what time the British Cabinet meets? Setting: UK, present day.

The official Governmental website number10.gov.uk states "Every Tuesday during Parliament, Secretaries of State from all departments and some other ministers meet in the Cabinet room in Downing Street to discuss the big issues of the day." ... "Mr Brown chose to move the meetings to Tuesday because Parliament does not meet until the afternoon that day, so members would not have to leave longer meetings early because of Commons engagements."

So I know the meetings are on Tuesday mornings, but not what time they start.

I've also Googled "cabinet meetings", "time of cabinet meetings", "when are cabinet meetings", "what time are cabinet meetings", "cabinet meetings uk what time" and other variants of this phrase, as well as looking on Wikipedia, cabinetoffice.gov.uk and direct.gov.uk.

Hoping that someone here is a civil servant or political journalist, because my (usually excellent) Google-fu is failing me on this.
maddie slash

Interstate rest stops in South Carolina circa 1977

SEARCHED: South Carolina circa 1977. Interstate reststops, vending machines. Cigarette laws. Vending machine laws.

My character is traveling with his family and they stop at a rest stop in SC. I know from personal experience that cigarette vending machines were common in KY, TN and GA stops but wasn't sure about SC. Were they?

My researched just says they existed and I can't find any laws that prohibited it in SC. My alternative is to have the machine in a restaurant.

Help!

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