British Restaurants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Miss Cazalet:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what instructions from the Ministry of Food are given to the divisional food officers regarding the necessity of regular inspection of all British Restaurants, both those under the aegis of the Ministry of Food and those financed by local authorities?

Major Lloyd George:

The importance of the regular inspection of British Restaurants was impressed on divisional food officers when the catering officers were originally appointed, and has been since brought periodically to their notice. In the case of British Restaurants financed by local authorities, the services of the catering officers are available for advice on request by local authorities.

Miss Cazalet:

Is the Parliamentary Secretary satisfied with the present machinery and that the British Restaurants are being adequately visited?

Major Lloyd George:

Yes, Sir, I have visited most of the Divisions and have had meals at these restaurants. If the conditions I have seen are representative of the country as a whole, I am perfectly satisfied that these restaurants are doing their work very well indeed.

Miss Cazalet:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food to what extent his Department exercises any authority in the appointment of cooks and supervisors in British Restaurants?

Major Lloyd George:

The appointment of staff for British Restaurants is a matter for the local authority concerned, but the assistance of the expert catering officers of the Ministry is available whenever local authorities desire advice on the qualifications of candidates for the posts of supervisors and cooks.

Miss Cazalet:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food how many additional catering officers have been appointed since 1st December, 1941, for the purpose of inspecting British Restaurants as well as the supervision of original schemes?

Major Lloyd George:

Since 1st December, 1941, one additional catering officer has been appointed and the filling of six further posts is at present under consideration.

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Why has it been decided to discontinue the restaurants after the war?

Major Lloyd George:

That does not arise out of this Question.

Miss Cazalet:

How many additional catering officers does the Parliamentary Secretary intend appointing?

Major Lloyd George:

I think the figure is about six.