HC Deb 19 May 1952 vol 501 cc33-4
48. Mr. Chapman

asked the hon. Member for Woolwich, West, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, why, apart from one or two main dishes, the à la carte menu served in the Strangers' Dining Room is so monotonous.

Mr. Steward

On each day last week, Members and their guests taking meals in the Strangers' dining rooms, had a choice of 4 fish dishes, 5 to 6 entrees (all of which varied daily) and 5 items from the cold table. In addition, there were dishes to order consisting of 11 fish items, 7 entrees and 13 omelettes and savouries. However, I will see what can be done to vary the items on the "To Order" side of the menu.

Mr. Chapman

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that one can repeat almost off by heart the list on the menu on the right-hand page, because it does not vary from day to day, and that after sitting here looking at the faces of hon. Members opposite for a few hours we need a little variety in the Dining Room?

Mr. Steward

The à la carte menu in every first-class catering establishment in London is not varied daily. There is only a limited number of dishes, and we can only put on what we can get.

Lieut.- Colonel Bromley - Davenport

What proportion of the cost of the dishes is met by the taxpayer?

Mr. Steward

I should like to have notice of that question.