So many first class rail tickets were issued to officials and councillors last year by Birmingham City Council that the local authority is insisting on a #9,000 administration fee before disclosing its extensive travel arrangements.
The demand for payment was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Birmingham Post for facts and figures about first class train journeys paid for by the council during 2005.
Work involved in researching the tickets would be so extensive that it would cost more than #9,000 to collate the information, based on a rate of #25 an hour for staff working on the task, according to the council.
An identical argument was put forward in response to a Post request for details of all taxi journeys by councillors and council officers.
Former Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers faces interrogation by a House of Commons inquiry over the sale of MG Rover to the Phoenix consortium, and the car-maker's subsequent collapse.
A long-awaited investigation into the fate of MG Rover is to look back further than expected and examine BMW's sale of Rover to the Phoenix Four for #10, in 2000.
It will investigate the role played by Mr Byers during the controversial sale, when the Government helped convince BMW to sell the car manufacturer to Phoenix Venture Holdings instead of rival bidders Alchemy Partners.
It will also examine the role played by Patricia Hewitt, another former Trade and Industry Secretary, as MG Rover tried to negotiate a deal with Shanghai Automotive last year.
The watchdog responsible for scrutinising Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital has refused to back a planned #550 million rebuild.
It has written to Mark Britnell - chief executive of the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals - setting out a series of concerns about the proposed deal.
It was revealed this week that plans to build a new 1,249-bed super-hospital have still not been approved.
The Treasury was expected to authorise the scheme last March, but the decision has been delayed by almost a year and Ministers have ordered a national review of the hospital building programme.
An ex-boyfriend's act of cutting off a girl's ponytail could be interpreted as an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, the High Court ruled.
In the first case of its kind, two eminent judges said hair could be regarded as a person's "crowning glory" - and magistrates at Dudley, West Midlands, were wrong when they held that Michael Ross Smith (21) had no case to answer.
For almost an hour the judges discussed, among other things, what hair means to a woman - and whether its unwanted removal with a pair of kitchen scissors could amount to actual bodily harm.
Then they allowed an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions and ruled the magistrates erred in law when, in June last year, they acquitted Smith, of Worcester Road, Netherton, Dudley.
A major crackdown on kerb-crawlers has been welcomed by a Birmingham MP whose constituency is plagued by prostitutes and their customers.
Gisela Stuart (Lab) said the sex trade had made life a "nightmare" for residents in part of her Edgbaston constituency.
But the Government's plans to reduce prostitution were under fire from her Conservative rival.
See Wednesday's Birmingham Post for more on these stories