§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How much was spent on purchasing alcohol by the Home Office in each of the financial years 1997–98 to 2002–03. [HL2824]4WA
§ The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal):
The information requested is not held centrally, and to obtain would incur disproportionate cost. However it is Home Office policy that alcohol should not be provided from public funds for staff at official events held during normal working hours except where senior management celebrate success and achievement.