Drink for Queen and Country
Government keeps wine cellar contents under wraps
Foreign and Commonwealth Office claim full disclosure of £864,000 collection could 'influence the wine market'
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is citing the coming visit of the pope to strengthen its ongoing opposition to disclosing the contents of the government's wine cellar.
The FCO has so far resisted the call to disclose the cost of specific vintages bought by its hospitality department, citing commercial confidentiality and the need for the department to maintain relations with its suppliers.
Tom Watson, the former Labour defence minister, has been demanding the FCO reveals the full details of the wine cellar, including the cost of bottles being purchased.