HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 c635
20. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the importance of the success achieved in the drying process evolved at the Government Research Establishment and experimental factory in dehydrating fruit, vegetables, cuts of meat and fish for easy storage and the quick preparation for the table in a palatable, nutritious and recognisable form, if he will arrange for the display of samples in some suitable place in the Palace of Westminster for inspection by Members.

Mr. Vane

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend will be happy to fall in with the hon. Member's suggestion and an exhibition will be held in the Upper Waiting Hall on Tuesday, 22nd and Wednesday, 23rd November. One of the Department's scientific officers will be in attendance.

Mr. Dodds

Whilst thanking the hon. Gentleman and his right hon. Friend—I mean that quite sincerely—may I ask him if he will be good enough to take this matter up with the Chairman of the Kitchen Committee with a view to seeing whether some of these dried substances can be tried out in the Members' dining hall? We accept that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Hon. Members would then be able to see that public money has been well spent, and it might be some compensation for the disappointment about Blue Streak.

Mr. Vane

I should not like to intrude on the responsibilities of the Chairman of the Kitchen Committee. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman has a look at our Exhibition when we arrange it and then perhaps takes the matter up himself.