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Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what purchasing process is used by her Department for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes. (219955)

The Department’s Facilities Management partner, Ecovert FM, provides hospitality (including alcohol) for the Department’s headquarters at 2 Marsham street. Similar arrangements are provided by approved suppliers at the other Home Office locations.

In exceptional circumstances, senior management are able to pay for an event and reclaim the cost from the Department.

The official purchase and provision of alcohol is recognised as being an extraordinary undertaking and is incurred in accordance with the principles of Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on regularity and propriety.