STORM IN AN MOD TEA CUP Oct 11 2004 Daily Mirror EXCLUSIVE By Richard Smith MILITARY top brass have been told not to help themselves to free tea and biscuits at meetings in the latest cost cuts. Instead they will only get a cuppa at Whitehall HQ if a meeting will take at least two hours. And a Ministry of Defence memo tells them to log all teas and coffees. They will then be charged to the unit using the conference room to stop visitors using the new refreshment machines. A senior source said: "Officers who've led their men into battle are being treated like kids. "We're just waiting for visiting American officers to have a bloody good snigger when they find out. This memo has torpedoed morale. "We wondered if it was a joke." But the rule JSP 462, Part 5, Chapter 1, Annex A on providing a Â£1.10 tea including biscuits is clear. A MoD spokesman: "It's essentially ensuring tax-payers' money is used in the most efficient way."