(1) what the total (a) volume and (b) value of flowers purchased by the House was in each year since 2001;
(2) what (a) type and (b) country of origin of the flowers purchased by the House for use in (i) banqueting facilities and (ii) other areas of the Commons Parliamentary Estate was in the last calendar year for which figures are available.
Some details of costs of flowers purchased are only readily available for the last four years following a change in the accounting system in 2003. No record is kept of volumes of flowers purchased by the House. The cost of flowers purchased for banqueting is recharged to the customer with the appropriate margin. The value of flowers purchased is in the following table.
|Banqueting—cost of flowers for resale||Catering outlets||Public areas||Total other areas||Total cost of flowers purchased|
No record is kept of the type or country of origin of flowers purchased for use in the House of Commons, banqueting facilities or other areas.