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Government wine cellar escapes cost-cutting axe

July 28, 2023 by admin in News

The government has ruled out shutting down its wine cellar to cut costs.

The cellar - containing about £2m worth of wine and spirits - is the most “cost effective” way to supply wine for state banquets and other events, it says.

But the purchase of wines will become “self-financing” - paid for by selling off some of the most expensive bottles.

The cost has been criticised by MPs from different parties - since the general election about £45,000 has been spent on new wine.

The future of the wine cellar, which is run by the Foreign Office, has been under review for almost 11 months to ensure it is “appropriate to the contemporary environment” - by providing value for money.

In opposition, Lib Dem MP Don Foster suggested the previous government was “living way beyond their means” after it was revealed the cellar contained 39,500 bottles of wine, spirits and liqueurs worth around £792,000.

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