The Huffington Post UK report:

Taxpayers coughed up more than £7m last year helping to subsidise Parliament’s bars and restaurants, a Freedom of Information request has found.

But the taxpayer did have to contribute around £600,000 less than in 2011-12.

Usually the Commons publishes figures that offset sales of souvenirs and gifts against spending on its catering service, making the costs look smaller.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.