Food and Drink Subsidy

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee 9:30 am, 28th February 2013

We are certainly seeking to reduce the cost wherever possible, but there have been changes in the way we operate that make turnover more difficult. I point out that the key gross profit, or kitchen profit, made by the House’s outlets is fully comparable to what we would expect to find in industry. It is the other costs, caused largely by our sitting arrangements and the staffing required for that, that put us over into subsidy. That is the area currently being tackled by the business improvement plan.