HC Deb 12 December 1949 vol 470 cc2362-3
53. Mr. W. Fletcher

asked the hon. Member for West Walthamstow, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, why, when grilled herrings appear on the menu, stewed or steamed herrings with sauce are served instead.

Mr. McEntee

When grilled herrings appear on the menu they are grilled, and not stewed or steamed as stated in the Question. An average of 150 grilled herrings are sold daily, but if the hon. Member wishes to have herrings separately grilled to his order, he can have them, provided he is willing to wait 10 or 12 minutes for service.

Mr. Fletcher

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that appearances must be very deceptive, because what appears on the menu as a grilled herring when served to hon. Members would be rejected in any working men's canteen? It is flabby and at the same time hard, and is covered with one of those charity sauces that cover a multitude of sins.

Mr. McEntee

During all the time I have been Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, this is the first complaint I have had about grilled herrings, which I think is a sufficient answer.

Mrs. Leah Manning

May I ask my hon. Friend why, when they serve grilled or steamed herrings, they take out the roes and serve them separately as a savory? They are getting their money twice over.

Mr. McEntee

I must have notice of that question.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

May I ask my hon. Friend whether the reason the hon. Member for Bury (Mr. W. Fletcher) cannot get red herrings is because they have been cornered and kept in cold storage at the Tory headquarters ready for the next Election?