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Government Hospitality: Wines

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, column 954W, on Government hospitality: wines, what software package is used to maintain a record of wine (a) used and (b) purchased for the Government wine cellar. (311438)

Government Hospitality has been working with Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services over the last 24 months to develop a new software package, based on the Windows SharePoint system, for the management of all cellar transactions. This system is now operational, but a substantial backlog of data are still being updated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2010, Official Report, column 954W, on Government hospitality: wines, what the cost to the public purse was of bottles of wine purchased for the Government wine cellar in 2008-09. (311439)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 26 November 2009, Official Report, column 305W.