back to article Choc horror: The UK's Information Commisioner probes its own mammoth £6,248 Hotel Chocolat spend

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun a probe of a £6,248 spent on Hotel Chocolat via a corporate charge card made in the days leading up to Christmas, which may have broken internal rules. We’re calling it “Chocgate,” because why wouldn’t we? The purchase, made on December 21 and spotted by Insider, handily …

  1. Rob Daglish


    Shurely you meant chocogate...

    Although from last time I was in, £6,2,48 is what? Two bars of chocolate and a cuppa?

    1. Red Ted

      Re: Chocolategate?

      I was rather hoping for Chocolate Fire Gate.

  2. veti Silver badge

    If it was a Crimbo bonus for staff, that would be about £12 per employee. Doesn't seem worth getting very excited about.

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      The Fortnum hampers that were distributed around our staff in December cost enough to make this Choc bill look like lost change.


        was it fair ?

        if 500 each got a equal share then all power to them

        If the directors only got a share...

        the Vegan chocolate box is around £12.50

        anyone from ICO wants to post as anonymous to say if staff got chocolates ?

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      My own employer was good enough to send me and my 8000 co-workers Hotel Chocolate goodies as a Crimbo fillip, so doubtless has a similar credit card bill to explain. Let's move on to more egregious examples of public sector profligacy.

  3. Grunchy Bronze badge

    Count Chocula

    One.. one box of treats per staff! Ma ha ha.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "spray-painted, ordinary tasting chocolate"

    Please start a sister site: honest restaurant eviews

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      That's easy:





  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not ChocolateGate

    but rather ChocolateFireguardGate.

  6. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    Chocolate Requisition options at the ICO

    Irresistible Chocolate Order

    Inconvenient Chocolate Order

    Illegal Chocolate Order

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Seems odd

    I would have thought Zuckerberg would have been giving *them* chocolate after the ICO agreed to a gag order on the Cambridge Analytica investigation:

  8. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge


    Government Directed Praline Raider

  9. Grenou

    Worth every penny :-)

    Hotel Chocolat choccies are de-li-cious!! :-)

  10. hatti

    In a statement provided to El Reg, an ICO spokesperson said: “This payment is currently subject to an internal investigation.

    = We are eating all the chocs

  11. Old Hand

    Yes, I LOVE chocolat chocolats Expensive but well worth it.

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