Commons staff spent hundreds on cinema trips, football kits and a book on facial hair

The Houses of Parliament (Rex)
The Houses of Parliament (Rex)

Commons staff spent hundreds of pounds on cinema trips and football kits on government credit cards, it has been revealed.

Some £340 was spent by the staff for ‘office supplies’, according to a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.

The majority of that – £200 – was spent on football kit and another £140 was claimed for cinema visits with government cards.

It is not known which films the staff went to see.

A Commons spokesman told the broadcaster that the items had followed purchasing policy as ‘genuine business transactions’.

The Commons’ staff used government credit cards to purchase the items (Rex)
The Commons’ staff used government credit cards to purchase the items (Rex)

Among other claims made included £30 spent on a book about facial hair. The book was called ‘Framing the Face: New perspectives on the History of Facial Hair’.

Another £1,500 was claimed for trips to the pub, apparently for ‘educational and parliamentary’ outreach purposes.

Staff also spent £1,699 in luxury US department store Barney’s, although this money was later returned, reported the BBC.

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However, a House of Commons spokesman said all the items listed were ‘genuine business transactions’.

‘The procurement cards allow some members of the House of Commons service to pay for low value items in a cheap, secure and quick way,’ the spokesman add.

In total, the BBC study found that £630,000 was spent using the cards over the last two years.

There are 205 cards being used for staff.