September 3, 2014
Commons spend US$2.3m on alcohol
The House of Commons spent more than £1.4 million ($2.3 million dollars) on alcohol between 2012 and 2013, according to a Freedom of Information request response published online by the parliamentary authorities.
Around 650 MP’s, 760 lords and thousands of parliamentary assistants consumed 50,000 bottles of cabernet sauvignon, 26,000 bottles of merlot, 33,000 pints of beer, 8,500 champagne bottles and 2,100 whiskey bottles in the last two years.
Spending in Commons bars has increased from US$371,000 in April 2011 to US$416.000 last April.
The figures reveal Parliament’s high alcoholic consumption, two years after Labor Party MP Eric Joyce was forced out of his charge for fist fighting with conservative counterparts in one of the bars.