Alcohol subsidies

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Dear House of Commons,

What is the amount of UK tax used to subsidize alcohol at the Houses of Parliament?

Yours faithfully,

richard

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richard

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Dear Mr King,

 

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Dear Mr King,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F17-461

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked for
the amount of UK tax used to subsidise alcohol at the Houses of
Parliament.

 

Please note that our response only deals with alcohol served in venues for
which the House of Commons is responsible. Some alcohol is served in
venues which are the responsibility of the House of Lords, which is a
separate public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information
Act. You may wish to consider forwarding your request to them. Requests
for information relating to the House of Lords should be directed to
[1][email address].

 

The House of Commons has interpreted your request to be for the cost,
contributed by the British tax-payer, to subsidise alcohol purchased in
the House of Commons.

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons. To help you
understand this response, we hope the information provided below is
useful.

 

In the first instance, the House of Commons accepts that there is a great
deal of public interest in the prices of food and drink sold from venues
across the parliamentary estate and we are frequently asked about the
‘catering subsidy’. However, it is important to note that catering
services for the House of Commons are provided by an in-house team who do
not provide a subsidised service in the commercial sense of the word.

Some venues make a profit, referred to as contribution because it
contributes to reducing overall costs. In other venues, the cost of
providing the service does exceed the income received in sales due to the
irregular hours and unpredictability of parliamentary business. The
contribution or cost of each venue is calculated by subtracting the food,
drink and operational costs from the catering sales. Rather than a
subsidy, the House monitors the contribution or cost of each catering
venue, which include cafeterias, dining rooms, restaurants and bars.

 

We hold a record of the cost or contribution of each venue on an annual
basis. This information up to 2015 is available here:
[2]https://www.parliament.uk/site-informati....
We do not hold a record of the cost or contribution of different
categories of product (i.e. alcohol products) or of individual items.

 

Prices of food and drink are regularly benchmarked against appropriate
external comparators. The total cost of catering is reported yearly as a
transparency publication, available here:
[3]http://www.parliament.uk/site-informatio....
These costs have been more than halved since the beginning of the last
Parliament, from £6m in 2010/11 to £2.9m in 2016/17.

 

Please also note that the customers who use the on-site catering venues
include around 15,000 pass-holders, which include some of the 650 MPs, but
also includes MPs’ staff, House staff, civil servants, contractors, Peers,
members of the Press Gallery, etc., as well as a large number of non-pass
holding visitors to Parliament.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

         
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