Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Drinking Water

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th February 2018.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money his Department has spent on bottled water in each year since 2010.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Since 2014, the amount of money spent on purchasing water bottles by Defra’s catering provider has fallen by over a third. Defra as a Department does not purchase any plastic water bottles.



October 2014 - September 2015


October 2015 - September 2016


October 2016 - September 2017




The contractor does not hold this level of data for more than 3 years.

The current catering contract expires this summer. The tender for the new contract stipulates that the supplier must not use plastic bottles and single use plastics. Re-usable glasses are now supplied.

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