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Politicians And Workers In The House Of Commons Drank £1.4M Of Booze In One Year

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Politicians and workers in the House of Commons guzzled £1.4m of booze last year, shock figures have revealed.

As the rest of Britain struggled with the cost of living crisis, MPs and Commons staff drank 8,670 bottles of champagne.

Another 2,954 bottles of champagne were sold in the House of Commons gift shop, according to figures obtained by the Sunday Mirror on alcohol sales at Westminster.

When it came to bottled beers, Peroni topped the list with 10,800 bottles sold in the year to December 2013 - closely followed by the sale of 10,248 bottles of Becks.

The array of Commons bars also dished out 3,600 bottles of Fosters, 2,904 bottles of Westons Organic cider, 1,956 bottles of Bulmers Cider and 1,296 bottles of Corona - compared to just 408 bottles of alcohol-free Becks.

Aided with a taxpayer subsidy of more than £5m for catering at the Houses of Parliament, the Commons bars sold 522 bottles of Gordons Gin and 257 bottles of Pimms No1.

When it came to whisky, the bars and Commons gift shop sold more than 5,700 bottles along with more than 26,000 bottles of Merlot and 49,000 bottles of Chardonnay.

Although prices in the Commons bars and restaurants are subsidised, bottles of alcohol are sold at Westminster’s gift shops at a profit as part of a plan to reduce the taxpayer subsidy.

Can they buy the bottles at the shop and put them on expenses?

It would have been nice for them to give a breakdown of the prices paid.

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I dont really understand this; the below article suggests that it isnt a subsidy, the prices are just kept low because the bar isnt run at a profit. The prices are apparently linked to a local Wetherspoons which means its presumably being sold at least at cost (i.e. they arent necessarily receiving taxpayers money)

See: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/07/mps-demand-cheaper-alcoho_n_3228805.html

edit: Oh I see, the catering is apparently being being run at a loss so it is being subsidised: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-expenditure/Catering-costs-to-HC-2012-13.pdf

Edited by Smyth

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Each? That might explain a lot.

Anyway, surely every organisation and business has a subsidised bar with river views where they can take bribes from discuss issues with lobbyists?

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Perhaps this partially explains the voting decisions and quality of legislation that emanates from this body of MPs? given that they are so inebriated......

Edited by anonguest

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