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MPs freeze booze pri

ces in subsidised Parlia

ment bars while pocketing bumper pay risesMPs have frozen booze prices in their subsidised bars, despite pocketing an inflat

ion-busting pay rise. Members accepted a 10% pay rise this year, on recommendations of the Westminster expenses watchdog. But when inflation is taken into account, the numerous bars and restauran

ts in the Parliamentary Estate will see a real terms price cut. In Ma

rch, the Mirror revealed MPs, peers, staff and visitors to Westminster had b

oozed their way through 1.2m worth of bargain wine, champagne, beers and spiri

ts in just two years. The price of a pint of lager in the Strangers Bar, in the Houses of Parliament is 3.70, compared to 4.45 across

the road at St Stephens Tavern, a dif

ference of 75 pence or around 20 per cent. Eleven bars, restaurants and cafeterias in the House of Commons sell alcohol, with other outlets selling alcohol to peers in the House of Lords. The decision to freeze prices was taken

by the Commons 

Commission, and revealed to the Daily Mail through a Freedom of Information request. Just six prices were ch

anged - all for food rather than drink. Last year, MPs were treated to an increase in their wages from 67,060 to 74,000 - backdated to April. And this month they get another monster 1,000 pay bump, a 1.3% increase at a time when public sector pay is frozen at 1%. A Commons spokeswoman said: The House of Commons has more than halved catering costs since the beginning of the last Parliament (from 6m in 2010/11 to 2.4m in 2014/15), however it is not possible for the catering service to run at a zero cost or commercial basis due to the irregular hours and unpredictability of Parliamentary business. Food and drink prices are regularly reviewed and set a

t levels benchmarked against similar outlets outside the House. To generate income that reduces the overall running costs of the House of Commons to the taxpayer, in recent years we have increased the number of commercial events held in the House. Sales to external customers at these events accounted for more than half of alcohol sales in the past two years.