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Coalition ministers spend £40,000 on potted plants

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/08/2011

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Nigel Morris

"Soon after arriving in Downing Street, David Cameron singled out the cost of flowers and pot plants in Whitehall as proof of the need to root out waste in the public sector.

"In his first appearance at Prime Minister's Question Time following the election, he told MPs he was amazed to discover the flower bill at the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

"His axe-wielding Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, made the same headline-friendly point, announcing he was cancelling his department's floristry bill and telling his civil servants to water their plants themselves.

"The message has not filtered through to all of their Cabinet colleagues.

"Despite all their warnings of tough days ahead as public spending is squeezed, the coalition Government has still paid more than £40,000 for plants and trees since taking office, the Independent can disclose."

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"Coalition ministers spend £40,000 on potted plants", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2011. Consulté le 21/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/coalition-ministers-spend-40-000-on-potted-plants