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Speaker's whisky (2016)

Request

  1. The total number of bottles of Speaker Bercow’s Whisky which have been sold?
  2. In addition, could you tell me the number of bottles bought directly by the Speaker's office? I require the information for each of the years: 2010 to 2016 (to date)
  3. Please can you also specify the retail price for which the bottles of whisky sold and the cost of production per bottle.

 

Response

  1. Please can you tell me the total number of bottles of Speaker Bercow’s Whisky which have been sold?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The House of Commons holds sales records by financial year only.
    The total quantities of Speaker Bercow’s Whisky sold in House of Commons venues.
  2. In addition, could you tell me the number of bottles bought directly by the Speaker's Office?
    Some information is held by the House of Commons and some information has already been published and is available on our web pages.  Please note, the House of Commons holds records since April 2013. Records prior to this time have been destroyed in accordance with the parliamentary authorised records disposal practice.
    However, data for June 2010 to Aug 2011 has been published as part of a previous disclosure and can be found on our parliamentary webpages.
    Information held for the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 can be found on our Freedom of Information Disclosures pages under Speaker’s Whisky and Speaker’s expenditure. Please note, where the information is contained in expenditure publications, it is recorded in its monetary value and not by bottle.
    As this information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
    In addition, 6 bottles of Speaker Bercow’s Whisky were purchased in February 2015 and 6 bottles of Speaker Bercow’s Whisky were purchased in January 2016 which are not reflected in the publications detailed above.
  3. Please can you also specify the retail price for which the bottles of whisky sold and the cost of production per bottle.
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The current retail price for Speaker Bercow’s Whisky is £29.00 per bottle. Prior to this, the only information held about old selling prices is that the selling price in April 2010 was £28.50 and increased to £29.00 in December 2010.
    Information on the cost of production per bottle is not held by the House of Commons.