Government Departments: Bottled Water

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th 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 Ministry of Defence spent on bottled water in each of the past five years.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Expenditure on bottled water used within the Ministry of Defence is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Bottled water is supplied through multiactivity, private finance initiative and public/private partnership contracts. In accordance with government policy on sustainable procurement, the supply of bottled water is to be removed from such contracts, where drinkable tap water is available.

Separately, bottled water is supplied to service personnel in theatres of operations. Expenditure against the current contract is shown in the table below. Expenditure prior to October 2006 could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

October 2006-March 2007 1.495
April 2007-March 2008 2.602
April 2008-March 2009 2.520

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