Lords and Parliament workers scoff 3,000 luggage of Cheese and Onion crisps in yr

Peers and Parliament workers scoffed nearly 3,000 luggage of Cheese and Onion crisps final yr, making it the House of Lords’ favorite snack.

The Walkers potato snacks topped the checklist of confectionery gadgets bought by Lords stores, shifting 2,580 luggage. It was intently adopted by Walkers’ Salt and Vinegar selection, promoting 2,332, with the usual four-finger Kit Kat in third place, promoting 2,298.

Last week this newspaper revealed Peers’ favorite tipple was San Miguel lager, with nearly 15,000 pints of the beverage bought within the subsidised cafes and bars across the property final yr. And the Lords confirmed themselves to be unusually all the way down to earth, in comparison with their House of Commons counterparts.

Last yr, we revealed the most well-liked confectionery gadgets bought in Commons catering retailers have been cream tea scones – with MPs and workers members tucking into greater than 50 orders of scones and tea a day in 2021-22. It was adopted on the checklist by carrot cake – which bought practically 16,000, and cartons of Ribena, which bought 14,800.

Parliament comprises greater than a dozen eating places, cafes and kiosks promoting meals, drink and treats to the a whole bunch of individuals engaged on the property. The Lords alone comprises 9 bars, cafes and eating rooms serving scorching meals, booze and snacks.

Last yr we revealed MPs had moaned to Commons officers after being requested to pay extra for meals, regardless of dishes being subsidised by taxpayers – and nonetheless at discount costs when put next with excessive avenue charges.

For instance, a bowl of soup has risen from 94p to £1.05 and lamb-topped jacket potatoes from £2.79 to £3.30. In comparability, a typical soup at Pret a Manger prices £3.50 and a cheese jacket in a Tesco cafe is £4.95. The meal moans emerged in a listing of parliament complaints however officers spared the whingers – on primary salaries of £84,000 – embarrassment by not together with their names.

A Commons spokesman mentioned on the time: “Our venues serve thousands every week, including visitors, MPs and journalists, as well as the staff who keep Parliament running.”