Government Departments: Bottled Water

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Children, Schools and Families or its predecessors spent on bottled water in each of the past five years.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) was created as a result of the Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. Prior to June 2007, it was Department for Education and Skills (DfES). The spend figures are from bottled water made via the department's contract with Nestle Waters Powwow (NWP) in the past five years was:

2008-09—£9,000;

2007-08—£28,000;

2006-07—£37,000;

2005-06—£46,000; and

2004-05—£53,000.

The spend figures since June 2007 also include a portion of spend for Department for Universities and Skills DIUS (former DfES staff only). To separate this data would involve disproportionate cost.

The department's contract with NWP finished in November 2008.

Expenditure, including that on hospitality, has to be incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity & Propriety.

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