Food and Drink Catering Request

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Dear House of Commons,

I require information detailing the amount of money that has been spent on purchasing wine, sparkling wine, champagne, spirits or beer by the House of Commons catering and retail service each of the last 5 years.

I require statistics of the amount between January 2012 and January 2017.

I ask that you supply the name of the beverage, its single-unit cost, how many have been purchased in these two years, and if applicable, its vintage date.

Yours faithfully,

C Kelly

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Dear Chris Kelly,

 

Freedom of Information request F17-282

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 28 June 2017, received by
us on the same date, which is copied below.

 

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within 20 working days i.e. on or before 27 July 2017.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Price

IRIS Support Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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Dear Mr Kelly,

 

 

Freedom of Information request F17-282

 

Thank you for your request for information, as copied below. You asked for
the amount of money that has been spent on purchasing wine, sparkling
wine, champagne, spirits or beer by the House of Commons catering and
retail service in each of the last 5 years, broken down by the name of the
beverage, its single-unit cost, how many have been purchased, and if
applicable, its vintage date.

 

The House holds lists of the names and quantities of wines, beers and
spirits purchased for sale by the House of Commons and, where relevant,
vintage dates, since 2012. This information is attached.

 

Information relating to the amount spent by the House of Commons on
purchasing wine, sparkling wine, champagne, spirits or beer in each of the
last five years is withheld. We are also withholding the single-unit costs
of these items. These products have been supplied at commercially
competitive rates and we have concluded that this information is exempt
under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the exemption
for commercial interest) in that the House of Commons considers the
disclosure of this information would be prejudicial to the House’s and our
suppliers’ commercial interests. This is a qualified or non-absolute
exemption and the public interest test applies.

 

We have considered the public interest in transparency in procurement
processes for items destined for onwards resale being conducted in an open
and honest way. We have also considered how the disclosure of the amount
spent on alcohol stock would prejudice the negotiating position of our
suppliers with other customers, placing them at a competitive disadvantage
and making them less able to compete fairly out in the open market. This
would also have a negative effect on the purchasing function of the House
of Commons as it would be likely to mean that prices would increase
affecting our ability to run the commercial aspects of our business
effectively. In these circumstances it is our view that the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosing the information.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Lauren

 

 

Lauren Puckey | IRIS Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

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