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Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on alcoholic beverages in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (277355)

Generally, the Department for Transport operates a no alcohol policy. In exceptional cases, where the Department is holding a special event or staff are attending a venue away from their normal office and working long hours necessitating an evening meal, some limited provision of alcoholic drinks at public expense may be permitted at the discretion of a senior civil servant. Spend incurred in such situations is not centrally recorded and this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.