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Government’s £800,000 wine stash

Issue No. 2214

Here’s one thing the Tories aren’t cutting—the government’s £864,000 wine cellar.

The government is refusing to reveal details of the 39,500 fine wines and their vintages.

But we do know that government wine-tasters, the “Advisory Committee for the Purchase of Wine”, spent £18,000 on topping up the collection in June.

“The committee tasted 2006 red Bordeaux wines and made recommendations for purchases,” say its latest minutes, released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Selling off the wine stash would raise enough cash to keep open every youth centre that’s being cut in Sussex, says the TUC.

The government defended its decision not to release more details, saying civil servants are too busy with “preparations for the visit to Britain by His Holiness the Pope”.

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Tue 10 Aug 2010, 17:16 BST
Issue No. 2214
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