The EU appears to have spent taxpayers' money on a detailed study whose chief finding is that most people take their holidays in the summer months.
Officials from the European Commission today issued a press release trumpeting research by the EU statistics agency Eurostat which found "a clear seasonal pattern in tourism activity".
For the avoidance of doubt, the report specifies: "The summer season (June-September) accounts for more than half (51.9%) of the total number of tourism nights spent by EU residents during the whole year."
Ashley Fox, leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, said: "Well there's a turn up! This takes the Monty Python award for stating the bleeding obvious.
"Stand by for further studies revealing that long things are longer than short things and most thermal underwear is sold in winter.
"The serious point is the expense to taxpayers of this nonsense, and I would like to know just how much this cost.
"This comes out on the very day David Cameron is telling other EU leaders how Europe needs to change. He should show them this."