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Government Hospitality (Receptions, London)

Volume 439: debated on Monday 23 June 1947

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16.

asked the Minister of Works the amount of money spent on Government hospitality at receptions held in London hotels and restaurants; and the amount spent in each establishment for the past year.

The total expenditure on Government hospitality at receptions held in London hotels and restaurants during the 12 months ended 31st May, 1947, was £4,754 10s. 5d. I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate the details of this sum in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the details:

The amount spent in each establishment was as follows:

£s.d.
Claridges Hotel1,31179
The Dorchester72792
Grosvenor House4961
Gunters Restaurant201110
The Hyde Park Hotel15741
The Savoy Hotel2,307124
Total£4,754105

17.

asked the Minister of Works if he will arrange that, in future, all Government hospitality receptions, hotel bookings, etc., are shared out equally amongst those establishments able to provide the necessary accommodation and facilities.

Every endeavour is made to share entertainment provided by the Government between those establishments which are able to provide the necessary accommodation and facilities.

May I ask the Minister if all the entertainments and the food provided were subject to the ordinary regulations of the Ministry of Food?

Would the Minister agree that quality in Government hospitality is more important than equality?

I think that that is true and we endeavour as far as we can to create a good impression on our foreign visitors.

18.

asked the Minister of Works whether when the Government hold receptions, etc., m London hotels and restaurants, every opportunity is given by means of competitive tender to each suitable establishment to apply; and whether he will give an assurance that these contracts for receptions are given to establishments that abide by the fair wage and condition clause of Government contracts.

As a rule, Government receptions have to be arranged at very short notice and time does not permit of competitive tendering. With regard to the second part of the Question it has not been considered necessary or appropriate to apply the general conditions of Government contracts to the services which are provided by hotels and restaurants in connection with these receptions.