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British Museum (Refreshments)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Minister of the Civil Service what he will do to improve the catering carried out at the British Museum by the Civil Service Catering Organisation, in view of the description in Egon Ronay's 1977 guide that it is appalling; and what steps he proposes to take to improve that service.

The views expressed in Egon Ronay's 1977 guide, which are contrary to assessments made by other people of knowledge and taste in catering matters, will, no doubt, be considered by the working party which has been set up by my noble Friend Baroness Birk. This committee, on which Mr. Egon Ronay has agreed to serve, will examine all aspects of catering in various areas, including the museums. I do not propose to take any special steps at this stage regarding the British Museum.