HC Deb 30 May 1963 vol 678 cc190-2W
Captain Hewitson

asked the hon. Member for Holland with Boston, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, why fish was not available in the Members' cafeteria and strangers' cafeteria on 27th May, when it was available in other more expensive refreshment rooms in the House.

Sir H, Butcher

Fish was available in the Members' and strangers' cafeterias on 27th May until approximately 8.45 p.m. At about that time the depletion of staff, as a chef was involved in a road accident, and a sudden influx of business together made it necessary to stop frying fish while the staff dealt with Members and strangers who desired attendance.

I much regret the inconvenience caused to hon. Members, but would point out that its causes were quite beyond the Department's control.