Floristry [FOI 1001]

Request

        1. How much has been spent on flowers over each of the last twelve months for which figures are available?
        2. In which locations flowers are displayed/placed in the House of Lords?
        3. What staff costs are associated with providing floristry services within the House of Lords?

Response

Between February 2012 and January 2013 the House of Lords Administration spent a total of £13,086 on floristry services. The monthly breakdown was as follows:

Month Expenditure

February

£ 1029

March*

£ 2220

April

£  686

May**

£ 1848

June

£ 1029

July

£ 1372

August

Nil (recess)

September

Nil (recess)

October

£ 1129

November

£ 1372

December

£ 1029

January

£ 1372

Total

£13086

*Includes flowers for the Loyal Address to HM The Queen. **Includes flowers for the State Opening of Parliament.

During the last twelve months flowers have been displayed in Westminster Hall for ceremonial events, the Lord Speaker’s Office and in the Peers’ Dining Room, Peers’ Guest Room, Bishops’ Bar and the Barry Room.

No staff costs are associated with providing floristry services.  Flowers are provided by an independent contractor. The contract for supply is currently out to tender (closing date for tender returns; 26 March 2013).