Belfast Telegraph

Is this worth wining about?

N IT'S Not kNowN whether Mr OsborNe will cut back oN the NortherN IrelaNd Office's wiNe cellar, which has cost &pouNd;12,250 siNce the GeNeral ElectioN.

The figure is courtesy of a Parliamentary question by Labour's Fabian Hamilton, who posed similar ones to other government departments. It relates to the period from May 2010 to December 2011 and works out at more than £150 per week.

No figures for previous years were available, but officials were quick to point out the bill relates to more than 70 functions, including receptions for over 1,000 people.

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