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Departmental Catering Services

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by the Department in 2002. [104268]

In financial year 2002–03 a subsidy of £179,000 was paid for provision of canteen and catering services to the Home Office's main central London estate. This is in line with the reduction in subsidy forecast in the Department's previous answer on 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 348W. The services, including two restaurants and a snack bar, can be accessed by all staff within the Home Office group comprising up to 5,000 based in the central London buildings as well as those visiting from elsewhere.