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Cleaning Services

Defence written question – answered on 30th January 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on dry cleaning and laundry since May 2010; and what his Department’s policy is on allowing its staff to claim for such expenditure.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 20 January 2012

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The MOD’s military and civilian staff do not claim reimbursement for dry cleaning and laundry services, although they are permitted to use the flat-rate incidental expenses allowance for this purpose when on official business involving an overnight stay.

Where dry cleaning and laundry services are otherwise a permissible charge to the public purse, they are provided under contract (mainly as part of multi-activity contract arrangements), under local arrangements, through unit laundry facilities or by operational hygiene troops under field conditions.

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