Civil servants spent £4,719 at a burlesque club for a team-building session, but a minister has insisted that no one "watched burlesque chanteuse Lady Beau Peep"
Whereas most organisations would chose a cheap hotel or an empty meeting room at their workplace, the Department of Communities and Local Government, in charge of housing and local neighbourhoods, picked the Brickhouse burlesque club in the east end of London last May.
In a written answer, submitted to Parliament and published today, Bob Neill, the minister, said the total cost of the event was £4,719.21 – far in excess of the £1,300 figure which first emerged last month when the department admitted the away day had taken place. The cost comprised £3,417.71 of payments made to an events company called Poisson Rouge and £1,301.50 paid to the venue.
[Bob Neill, the minister] "While I am informed the Brickhouse often features such figures as 'burlesque chanteuse Lady Beau Peep' and 'showgirl sensation Amber Topaz', the event in this instance did not involve civil servants watching, or indeed, performing cabaret or other eclectic entertainment."
My comment: Burlesque and bed bars but they didn't look they were busy with team building and group drumming! Pull the other one.
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