To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence spent on bottled water in each of the past five years.
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.
|EXPENDITURE ON BOTTLED WATER TO THEATRE|
|FINANCIAL YEAR||COST (£million)|
|October 2006-March 2007||1.495|
|April 2007-March 2008||2.602|
|April 2008-March 2009||2.520|