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House Of Commons Catering (Empire Wines)

Volume 529: debated on Monday 28 June 1954

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asked the hon. Member for Woolwich, West, as chairman of the Kitchen Committee, why no Empire wines are separately listed on the wine list in the Members' Dining Room; and why only one Empire wine is listed under the heading various.


asked the hon. Member for Woolwich, West, as chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if he will take steps to increase the variety of Empire wines available in the Dining Rooms.

I will submit the points raised by the two hon. Members to my Committee at the earliest opportunity.

Would my hon. Friend consider having an Empire Wines Week in the Members' Dining Room and putting Empire wines on the wine list, because I feel that hon. Members are not aware of the high quality of many of our Empire wines and that many are not aware that good, dry South African sherry is 6d. a glass cheaper than Spanish sherry?

Would the hon. Gentleman arrange to have an Empire Wines week, supplying the wines free to Members who cannot afford them?

Would the hon. Gentleman send a copy of the wine list prices to the general secretary of the old-age pensioners' association in his constituency whose members would be very interested in it?

Is my hon. Friend aware that anyone who has tasted Empire wines is more than willing to pay for them?

Would the chairman of the Kitchen Committee tell me where the Dining Room is, because I have never been in it?

I have made careful note of all the points raised by hon. Members in various parts of the House and I can assure them that they will be very carefully considered. I am surprised that the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. Hamilton), who is a member of the Committee, does not know where the Dining Room is.