Departmental Drinks

Justice written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Labour, Leeds North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies have spent on (i) wine, (ii) other alcoholic refreshments and (iii) bottled water since May 2010.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Department's policy on the provision of alcohol prohibits the supply of any alcohol paid from tax-payers' money on in-house hospitality. For external hospitality, given the significant savings being delivered by the Department and the stringent financial controls in place, such discretionary expenditure is only incurred on the rare occasions in which director-level approval is granted.

As part of the Department's ‘Act on CO2' emissions campaign, bottled water is no longer made available for meetings. However, jugs of tap water are made available upon request.

The Department's accounting systems do not identify separate expenditure on wine, other alcoholic refreshments or bottled water and because such events are managed locally by business areas, for the period from May 2010 to date, the Ministry has no central records on such expenditure. To obtain information on departmental expenditure on these specific items would involve disproportionate cost.

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