HC Deb 15 July 1985 vol 83 c20
37. Mr. Greenway

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many teas were served on the Terrace of the House of Commons in the summers of 1955, 1965, 1975 and 1984, respectively; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Biffen

The number of teas served on the Terrace during summer 1984 was 4,894. Information for the earlier years mentioned in my hon. Friend's question is no longer available.

Mr. Greenway

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the number of people wishing to have strawberries and cream on the Terrace of the House of Commons far exceeds the supply of teas available? That being so, will he seek to extend the season during which these teas are available in suitable facilities, perhaps starting at Easter rather than at Whitsun? [HON. MEMBERS: "No strawberries."] If strawberries are not ready by then, could not we have cherries—Waterloos or Wellingtons perhaps.

Mr. Biffen

I am not aware of this imbalance, but I shall draw it to the attention of the person who matters, my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Irving).

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