Government Hospitality: Wines

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2010, Official Report, column 101W, on Government hospitality: wines, if he will publish the most recent (a) paper and (b) electronic copy of the Government wine cellar database.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe)

holding answer 29 January 2010

The Government hospitality wine database contains sensitive commercial details about the pricing of wines as well as subjective comments on individual stock items, which could prove both commercially and reputationally damaging to suppliers and producers if released. I will place an illustrative list of wines held in the cellar in the Library of the House.

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