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Refreshment Department

Volume 80: debated on Thursday 13 June 1985

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asked the Lord Privy Seal why the Refreshment Department is selling water in bottles whose label includes a competition with a closing date of September 1983.

In response to demand from many Members, the Refreshment Department in 1982–83 ordered stocks of a variety of brands of mineral water. Not all brands proved equally popular, and some stocks have only recently been exhausted. The Department will take account of the actual pattern of demand when re-ordering in future.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will seek to make it the policy of the Services Committee that goods supplied by the Refreshment Department should not be marked with labels advertising private medical insurance schemes.

No. Any such policy would entail impracticable constraints on the Refreshment Department's commercial suppliers.