Dear House of Commons,

Is it true that Members and Officers of the House are given free snuff?

If so,

1. Who is in charge of providing this snuff?

2. What is the cost per annum of providing this snuff?

3. How much snuff (by weight) is consumed per annum?

4. What make of snuff is provided and who supplies it?

5. Are Members and Officers of the House allowed to replenish their own snuff boxes from this supply or may they only take a pinch at a time?

6. How many Members and Officers of the House use this facility? (Name names, if known.)

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Walker

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-----Original Message-----
From: John Walker [mailto:[FOI #40510 email]]
Sent: 02 July 2010 14:35
To: FOICOMMONS
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Snuff

Dear House of Commons,

Is it true that Members and Officers of the House are given free
snuff?

If so,

1. Who is in charge of providing this snuff?

2. What is the cost per annum of providing this snuff?

3. How much snuff (by weight) is consumed per annum?

4. What make of snuff is provided and who supplies it?

5. Are Members and Officers of the House allowed to replenish their
own snuff boxes from this supply or may they only take a pinch at a
time?

6. How many Members and Officers of the House use this facility?
(Name names, if known.)

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Walker

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below.

The tradition of providing snuff continues but only to Members and the
answers to the questions are:

1. Who is in charge of providing this snuff?

The snuff box is located in the Principal Doorkeepers chair and it is made
from wood taken from the original door frame at the entrance to the
Chamber which was destroyed in 1941.

It has a silver plate on the lid with the names of the Principal
Doorkeepers dating from 1943 and there are a total of 14 names inscribed.

2. What is the cost per annum of providing this snuff?

3. How much snuff (by weight) is consumed per annum?

4. What make of snuff is provided and who supplies it?

The cost of the snuff is approx £6 per tin and the House has purchased 4
tins in 8 years, the cost is paid from Serjeant at Arms’ petty cash.

There is no specific company make and the House just purchases it from a
local tobacconist. The actual weight is difficult to guess, perhaps a few
grams as a pinch at a time, this kind of information is not recorded.

5. Are Members and Officers of the House allowed to replenish their own
snuff boxes from this supply or may they only take a pinch at a time?

Members do not replenish their own snuff boxes from this one and we are
not aware of any Member who has one.

6. How many Members and Officers of the House use this facility?

(Name names, if known.)

Members who have taken snuff in the past year numbered perhaps less than
five, Members taking snuff in the present Parliament has yet to occur, the
names are not recorded and therefore this information is not held.

A small article in 'Traditions' through this link may be of assistance:

[1]http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commo...

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If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle

Head of Information Rights and Information Security

-----Original Message-----

From: John Walker [mailto:[FOI #40510 email]]

Sent: 02 July 2010 14:35

To: FOICOMMONS

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Snuff

Dear House of Commons,

Is it true that Members and Officers of the House are given free

snuff?

If so,

1. Who is in charge of providing this snuff?

2. What is the cost per annum of providing this snuff?

3. How much snuff (by weight) is consumed per annum?

4. What make of snuff is provided and who supplies it?

5. Are Members and Officers of the House allowed to replenish their

own snuff boxes from this supply or may they only take a pinch at a

time?

6. How many Members and Officers of the House use this facility?

(Name names, if known.)

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

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