Government Ministers Banned From Tea and Biscuit Gravy Train

By Gary Cutlack on at

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says serving MPs have been told to keep their fingers out of the complimentary governmental biscuit tin, explaining that hospitality offered to visitors is for visitors alone and suggesting MPs have been ordered to avoid eating Hobnobs at the taxpayer's expense.

The fact came via a Q&A Pickles did online. When asked how much the government has spent on hospitality, Pickles responded with: "17% of the sum the last Labour government spent on hospitality", adding that "...with regard to whether or not any minister has consumed any of this, I can tell you on pain of death none of them have." [BBC]