Catering: Subsidies

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was paid in subsidy towards (a) food and (b) alcoholic drink in outlets in the House of Commons part of the parliamentary estate in the last year for which information is available.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

In 2008-09 the overall net cost incurred by the Catering and Retail Service in the Department of Facilities was some £6.1 million, in accordance with the budget and pricing strategy approved by the Finance and Services Committee following advice from the Administration Committee. This represents the difference between income and the cost of the services provided. It is not possible to disaggregate the subsidy for (a) food and (b) alcohol.

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