Food & alcohol sales 2011-12 [FOI 1015]

Request

Questions relating food and alcohol sales in the House:

  • How much money has been spent on alcohol in the House of Lords in the last year?
  • How much money has been spent on Champagne in the House of Lords in the last year?
  • How much money has been spent on caviar in the House of Lords in the last year?
  • By how much are alcoholic drinks subsidised in the House of Lords?

Response

  • For financial year 2011/12, the cost of sales of drinks was £297,726. This cost includes soft drinks, wines (including champagne), beers and spirits sold in all bars, restaurants and banqueting in the House of Lords. All drinks are sold in restaurants, bars and banqueting at a profit (total sales of £904,240). 44.8% of the drinks cost was for banqueting functions. 
  • For financial year 2011/12, the cost of champagne sold in bars, restaurants and banqueting was £27,160.21
  • Caviar is not supplied in any of the catering outlets.
  • All drinks are sold at a profit and prices charged are benchmarked against a national pub operator’s London tariff. The Banqueting tariff is set at a higher rate and realises a higher gross profit margin than the restaurant and bar tariff.