Flowers

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission

(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.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

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
2000-01 7,497
2001-02 8,378
2002-03 8,801
2003-04 13,922 9,457 15,862 25,319 39,241
2004-05 14,886 11,513 13,727 25,240 40,126
2005-06 12,676 9,477 20,077 29,554 42,230
2006-07 16,513 10,825 20,674 31,499 48,012

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.

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