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Drink Sales - bars (2016)

Request

Could I ask for the months of October, November & December 2015 how many alcoholic drinks were purchased from bars on the parliamentary estate?

Response

Please note that our response only deals with alcoholic drink sales in bars for which the House of Commons is responsible. Some bars on the parliamentary estate are the responsibility of the House of Lords, which is a separate public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act. You may wish to consider forwarding your request to them. Requests for information relating to the House of Lords should be directed to them.

This information is held by the House of Commons. The number of alcoholic drinks sold by bars run by the House of Commons between 25 September 2015 and 24 December 2015 (the financial period dates held, rather than calendar months) is 22,477.

It may interest you to know that House of Commons has more than halved total catering costs since the beginning of the last Parliament. Catering services including alcoholic beverages are provided for customers including 13,000 passholders, as well as members of the public and visitors. Food and drink prices are regularly reviewed and set at levels benchmarked against similar outlets outside of Parliament.