Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Drinks

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th July 2015.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his private Ministerial office spent on (a) tea and coffee, (b) wine, (c) alcoholic refreshments other than wine and (d) bottled water in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Spend by the Private Office on tea, coffee and water provided during official meetings in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) totalled £2820.86 in 2014-15. No funds were spent on wine or other alcoholic refreshments for meetings in the FCO. For comparison, the spend in 2009-10 was £7,340.16.

It is not possible to give figures for spending on beverages for other official hospitality in the UK or for overseas trips as they are not recorded separately and to identify them would incur disproportionate cost.

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