Departmental Drinks

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Shadow Minister (Justice) (Political and Constitutional Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bottles from the Government wine cellar have been sold in the last year; and how much revenue has been generated by such sales in the last year.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I refer my hon. Friend to my written statement of 13 May 2011, Hansard, column 49WS, in which I said that there will be an annual statement to Parliament on the use of the wine cellar, covering consumption, stock purchases, costs, and value for money, and that a report on the cellar's operations will be placed in the Library of the House during the month of May following the end of the appropriate financial year.

Sales from the cellar are in-hand for the financial year 2011-12, and further sales are planned in FY 2012-13.

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