Departmental Drinking Water

Defence written question – answered on 30th November 2009.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns; Shadow Defence Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on bottled water in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Expenditure on bottled water used within the Ministry of Defence is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Bottled water is supplied through multi-activity, 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 under the MOD world-wide food supply contract. Expenditure against the current contract for each of the last 12 months is provided in the following table.

Value (£000)
November 2008 51.7
December 2008 43.7
January 2009 23.2
February 2009 34.1
March 2009 56.5
April 2009 40.3
May 2009 53.8
June 2009 78.3
July 2009 124.5
August 2009 137.6
September 2009 155.3
October 2009 394.2

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