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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Parliament’s two year booze bill tops £1.4m

29th May, 2014 by Lauren Eads

MPs, their staff and visitors to the UK’s Houses of Parliament drank their way through £1.4m worth of alcohol in the last two years, a freedom of information request has revealed.

ParliamentThroughout 2012 and 2013, guests to the UK’s political hub spent £122,931 on beer, £121,032 on spirits and £731,635.65 on wine at Parliament’s various bars, according to a freedom of information request by The Times.

That included 10,989 pints of Guinness, 10,248 bottles of Becks, 8,502 bottles of Champagne, 4.5 litres of Malibu, 10.5 litres of Bailey’s, 463 litres of Gordon’s Gin, 13.3 litres of Jack Daniels and 52 litres of Famous Grouse whisky.

The most popular drink of choice was wine with the House of Commons Sauvignon Blanc topping the charts selling nearly 50,000 bottles, followed by the house Merlot at 26,000 bottles.

Guinness was the next popular choice followed by beers including Corona, Peroni and Becks.

The figures are based on the alcohol consumed by Parliament’s 650 MPs, 760 peers, and the thousands of staff, guests and parliamentary workers of the Palace of Westminster.

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