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Press Catering Facilities

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what annual subsidy is paid to finance (a) the Press catering facilities and (b) the Press bars at the Palace of Westminster; and whether those provisions are under review.

I have been asked to reply.Subject to final audit the loss on the Commons press catering facilities, including bars, was £46,800, of which the Press Gallery employers paid £31,386. Premises, lighting, heating, gas and printing are provided free.The responsibility for the Refreshment Department, including the Press Gallery catering, is at present under review.