Departmental Catering

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many departmental (a) canteens and (b) bars there are; and how much has been spent on the (i) running, (ii) staffing and (iii) supply costs of each in each year since 1997.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department was created in June 2001. There are 12 sites which have a catering facility to which Defra makes a contribution towards running costs. The total costs are:

2001–02 398,058
2002–03 432,328
2003–04 453,490


£15,600 additional contribution towards staffing costs in London restaurants

The Department regrets it is unable to split the costs as required. There is a bar and social club at one of the sites, all running costs are met by the Sports and Social Club.

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