Greedy Ministry of Defence take the biscuit spending 3 instances extra on treats
Peckish penpushers on the Ministry of Defence ditched their posh biscuit supplier in a bid to save lots of money – however then spent virtually thrice as a lot cash on bourbons, digestives, and custard lotions.
The MoD used to have biscuits for conferences at its Whitehall HQ offered by upmarket Meredith & Drew whose individually wrapped two-biccie packs contained Viennese swirls, oat crunches or chocolate chip cookies. But after coming in for criticism at spending an excessive amount of on the snacks for civil servants the MoD swapped provider and plumped for humdrum Crawford’s, who present extra run-of-the-mill biscuits.
But the choice to maneuver to the humbler biscuit model has seen the MoD’s invoice for these snacks virtually treble within the final yr from £2,545 earlier than the swap to £6,992 this yr. It means the MoD – that’s frequently being criticised for the way in which it awards multi-million pound defence contracts – is spending virtually £600 each month on the biscuit packs for snacky officers.
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An on-line search discovered the brand new biscuits could possibly be sourced for round 20p per pack, whereas the posher suppliers had been round 50% costlier.
Biscuits are offered free to civil servants and officers on the MoD HQ in central London as they talk about plans to maintain the nation safe from overseas foes.
An MoD insider stated: “Everybody at meetings makes a beeline for the biscuits to have with their tea and coffee – it can be the highlight of the day sometime.
“I’ve even heard whoops of delight from the meeting rooms when somebody has bagged the last packet of chocolate bourbons, it can get quite competitive.
“Somebody joked that because there are six varieties of biscuit with the new supplier compared to four with the old one we should be complimenting ourselves for increasing diversity in the workplace.”
Benjamin Elks, operations supervisor of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, stated: “Biccie-munching ministers and mandarins need to get the bourbon bill under control.”
The MoD stated the biscuits had been offered to them underneath a PFI contract which stipulates “limited refreshments” are equipped for a small variety of conferences.
But it says the choice to swap from one model of biscuit to the opposite was made by the contractor and the MoD continues to be dedicated to “delivering value for money”.
Officials have stated that as there was a return to face-to-face conferences on the MoD the amount of biscuits being munched via has risen sharply.
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