A small selection of unsubsidised gifts are available for staff to purchase on a not-for-profit basis.An answer to the second part of the question but not to the first that's for sure. Francis Maude followed up yesterday and asked Brown if "he will place in the Library a copy of the merchandise and price list of the gift shop."
The answer from Brown? "I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) on 13 October 2008." Come on now, you must be wondering what he's trying to hide and why by refusing to answer surely?
I know that this will be seen as trivial questioning by some, but at the end of the day if we want to know what crap he is flogging to staff he really ought to tell us. Of course, it's the answer to the "why" that might be more revealing.
After all, wouldn;t it be terribly embrassing if he had to admit that none of the staff in Downing Street want to buy a Gordon Brown mug? Just imagine if that was the case? Just imagine if he'd secretly heard people saying "I wanted a Tony mug, but I'm not paying for one with him on it. Does he think we're mugs?"