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Departmental Drinking Water

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on bottled drinking water in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (313030)

Because bottled water for meetings was previously sourced from a variety of contracts, and not accounted for separately, the amount spent in earlier years could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. The Department stopped the provision of brought in bottled water for meetings in July 2008. Since then the Department has been using an on-site system in three large sites, which bottles tap water and uses re-usable bottles. The cost of this system from July 2008 to March 2009 was approximately £18,000.