House of Lords: Water

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Spokesperson in the Lords, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked the Chairman of Committees:

What is the financial cost of providing bottled water to the House of Lords as opposed to tap water.

Photo of Lord Brabazon of Tara Lord Brabazon of Tara Chairman of Committees, House of Lords

The cost of providing bottled water to the House for the past three financial years was:

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
£3,361 £6,721 £5,881

The cost in 2004-05 was unusually large due to the initial purchase of stock to support the new meeting rooms in Fielden House.

The provision of tap water would also incur a financial cost in terms of the staff time required for the preparation of carafes. This cost has not been estimated.

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