§ 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. 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?