HAND sanitiser was purchased up by mandarins to combat Covid in prisons at £35 a litre – on the identical worth as a bottle of David Beckham’s posh single malt whisky.
Practically 75,000 bottles had been bought of the alcohol-based cleaner when the pandemic took maintain earlier this week.
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Jail bosses purchased hand sanitiser at £35 a litreCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
One UK provider is presently providing sanitiser for £3 a 500ml bottle – or a tiny fraction of the quantity paid by the MoJ.
The boss of Web site Provide which bought the Ministry of Justice the sanitiser stated he couldn’t imagine the value being paid for the hand cleaner to be used in prisons.
Martin Bullock, managing director of The Web site Provide Firm stated his firm weren’t profiteering and the value went up as a result of producers costs went by means of the roof within the pandemic.
He stated: “It was a loopy time and there was uncooked panic of individuals attempting to pay money for sanitiser. It does look ridiculous and scandalous. Somebody has made a killing, however I can guarantee you it was not us.
“We had been making quite a bit lower than regular as our revenue margins went down. If we had been making £30 a bottle, I’d be on a seaside now.”
David Beckham’s Haig Membership single malt whisky comes with the identical price ticketCredit score: Handout
The £35 per litre price ticket is the same as a litre of David Beckham’s Haig Club single malt whisky brand or a 24 crate of 500ml Carling lager cans.
The MoJ stated the order was positioned for HM Prisons and Probation Service on the peak of the pandemic when there have been international shortages forcing up the value.
A spokesperson stated: “We had been capable of safe sufficient hand sanitiser throughout a world scarcity to assist cease the unfold of coronavirus and save lives.”
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