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Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 28 January 1975

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asked the Lord President of the Council, having regard to the increases recently made in the cost of meals provided in Dining Room A-E, to the extent that the cost of food and service in these rooms is about four times the prices charged in other parts of the House, if he will re-examine these increases to assist constituents of moderate means to use such facilities.

I have been asked to reply.No. The hon. and learned Member will appreciate that the Refreshment Department facilities are primarily for the use of Members. To contravene this principle by making special arrangements for constituents of Members would be unacceptable.