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Drinking Water

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2008, Official Report, column 2710W, on drinking water, how much his Department spent on provision of bottled water to his Department’s main building in the latest year for which figures are available. (196779)

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development agenda, since 1 October 2007, the PFI Contract for Main Building no longer supplies bottle water to the predominance of meetings, however bottled water may still be purchased for large conferences and private functions.

The following table outlines the consumption and highlights a reduction of 90 per cent. in the consumption of bottled water since the change in policy.

Number of bottles

£ (approx.)

1 March 2007 to 30 September 2007



1 October 2007 to 29 February 2008