HC Deb 25 November 1985 vol 87 c606
35. Mr. Greenway

asked the Lord Privy Seal what account is taken in preparing menus in the House of Commons of recent reports on the alleged connection between diet and heart disease; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Biffen

The Catering Sub-Committee has made every effort to provide varied menus; and both low calorie and vegetarian food is available for those hon. Members who require it.

Mr. Greenway

Would not suitable menus provide leaner and fitter hon. Members of all ages? Will my right hon. Friend ask the Catering Sub-Committee to investigate the possibility and desirability of producing such hon. Members and ask it to report back to the House?

Mr. Biffen

That is a responsibility that I shall cheerfully pass to my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Irving).

Mr. Foulkes

Is the Leader of the House aware that I have been eating large amounts of the low calorie food, and it does not seem to be working?

Mr. Beaumont-Dark

Does my right hon. Friend agree that some hon. Members seem to eat a lot of baloney? Does he also agree that this sort of question is likely to give us all heart attacks, because it is nothing to do with the House of Commons what we all eat, as long as we know what we are eating? It is bad enough having to listen to it, let alone eat it.

Mr. Alton

If the facility is to be of such value to hen. Members, how about extending it to staff in their cafeteria?

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