£6m subsidy for Parliament bars

A Commons spokeswoman said officials are 'determined to reduce costs further' in Parliament bars and restaurants

A Commons spokeswoman said officials are 'determined to reduce costs further' in Parliament bars and restaurants

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The taxpayer subsidised Parliament's exclusive bars and restaurants to the tune of £6 million last year.

While the bill fell in the House of Commons after a series of revenue-raising measures, costs at the Lords went up.

Usually the Commons publishes figures that offset sales of souvenirs and gifts against spending on its catering service.

But in response to a freedom of information request, the authorities revealed that without that income the operation ran a deficit of £4.5 million in 2013-14.

That was down from £4.9 million the previous year.

Meanwhile, the House of Lords annual accounts showed that the net cost of its catering and retail outlets rose by around £150,000 to £1.45 million.

Excluding profits from banqueting functions and retail sales, the overall bill was some £2.44 million - up from £2.3 million in 2012-13.

A Commons spokeswoman said: "Much of the net cost to the House arises because of the irregular hours and unpredictability of Parliamentary business.

"Food and drink prices are regularly reviewed and set at levels benchmarked against similar outlets outside the House.

"The costs to the House have been reduced since 2003.

"We are determined to reduce costs further and have a target of £3 million for 2015-16."

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1:47pm Sun 10 Aug 14

justsayithowitis says...

Why not have a target of zero right now
Why not have a target of zero right now justsayithowitis
  • Score: 8

2:44pm Sun 10 Aug 14

dvdr says...

I may be accused of being out of touch, but why do MPs need a subsidised bar? Or indeed, any other subsidy? The general message seems to be "Look after us in any way possible, so that we can enjoy our privileged and pampered existence, and never mind the rest of you". They are paid well, have short working times, have much better pensions than the real workers of the world, and need no qualifications except big egos and thick skins.
I may be accused of being out of touch, but why do MPs need a subsidised bar? Or indeed, any other subsidy? The general message seems to be "Look after us in any way possible, so that we can enjoy our privileged and pampered existence, and never mind the rest of you". They are paid well, have short working times, have much better pensions than the real workers of the world, and need no qualifications except big egos and thick skins. dvdr
  • Score: 7

3:40pm Sun 10 Aug 14

duckface08 says...

Yet another perk for mp's , I have never under stood why they get paid a salary at all ,they don't seem to buy anything -- everything is either subsidised or on expenses.
Yet another perk for mp's , I have never under stood why they get paid a salary at all ,they don't seem to buy anything -- everything is either subsidised or on expenses. duckface08
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Sun 10 Aug 14

boynesider says...

the bars should be closed they are supposedly there to work? these are the same people advising us not to drink everyday?
the bars should be closed they are supposedly there to work? these are the same people advising us not to drink everyday? boynesider
  • Score: 3

4:28pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Devils Advocate says...

And of course, they are all in there together! Do the real common people know that the show of enmity stops at the doors of the Westminster club? It is a total reversal of the slanging match we are treated to in the debating hall!
And of course, they are all in there together! Do the real common people know that the show of enmity stops at the doors of the Westminster club? It is a total reversal of the slanging match we are treated to in the debating hall! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 2

5:33pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Jonn says...

Send them all to Food Banks if they are too skint to feed themselves.
Send them all to Food Banks if they are too skint to feed themselves. Jonn
  • Score: 3

6:23pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Bangemup says...

Firstly the MPs are paid well and expenses on top , they do not need a subsided lifestyle at all . If they cannot afford to pay the going rate for food or drink then go teetotal and have a burger and chips . The taxpayer is fed up with these parasitic spongers who look after their own interests above all . Most are a waste of space who do little or nothing for their constituents at all . Lets start by getting rid of all in house caterers and throw out tenders to the big franchises , they will make it pay !
Firstly the MPs are paid well and expenses on top , they do not need a subsided lifestyle at all . If they cannot afford to pay the going rate for food or drink then go teetotal and have a burger and chips . The taxpayer is fed up with these parasitic spongers who look after their own interests above all . Most are a waste of space who do little or nothing for their constituents at all . Lets start by getting rid of all in house caterers and throw out tenders to the big franchises , they will make it pay ! Bangemup
  • Score: 2

8:13pm Sun 10 Aug 14

cairoqueen says...

The NHS, education ,the elderly . Politicians NO. Politicians lifestyles are horrendously ruining our country, they should pay proper prices, we don't get perks when we eat out .we are lucky to get a free coffee with our Costa loyalty cards , or 2 meals for a tenner at your local. Give the money to the fire and ambulance services. This country robs the poor to make the rich, richer.
The NHS, education ,the elderly . Politicians NO. Politicians lifestyles are horrendously ruining our country, they should pay proper prices, we don't get perks when we eat out .we are lucky to get a free coffee with our Costa loyalty cards , or 2 meals for a tenner at your local. Give the money to the fire and ambulance services. This country robs the poor to make the rich, richer. cairoqueen
  • Score: 4

10:36am Mon 11 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Would this be the same crowd who are today advocating displaying health warnings on wine bottles?
Would this be the same crowd who are today advocating displaying health warnings on wine bottles? Counterview
  • Score: 2

10:38am Mon 11 Aug 14

Counterview says...

cairoqueen wrote:
The NHS, education ,the elderly . Politicians NO. Politicians lifestyles are horrendously ruining our country, they should pay proper prices, we don't get perks when we eat out .we are lucky to get a free coffee with our Costa loyalty cards , or 2 meals for a tenner at your local. Give the money to the fire and ambulance services. This country robs the poor to make the rich, richer.
This country...... Nothing new there then. Business as usual.
[quote][p][bold]cairoqueen[/bold] wrote: The NHS, education ,the elderly . Politicians NO. Politicians lifestyles are horrendously ruining our country, they should pay proper prices, we don't get perks when we eat out .we are lucky to get a free coffee with our Costa loyalty cards , or 2 meals for a tenner at your local. Give the money to the fire and ambulance services. This country robs the poor to make the rich, richer.[/p][/quote]This country...... Nothing new there then. Business as usual. Counterview
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Mon 11 Aug 14

p.g.jann@btinternet.com says...

No way is this acceptable.
No way is this acceptable. p.g.jann@btinternet.com
  • Score: 1
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