Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Refresh Ment Department.

– in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the hon. Member for Dulwich, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, what steps it is proposed to take to reduce the delays in servicing in the strangers' refreshment room?

Photo of Mr Bracewell Smith Mr Bracewell Smith , Camberwell Dulwich

The Kitchen Committee are trying to find additional accommodation, but owing to the limited space available in the Strangers' Refreshment Room, delays in service are bound to arise during the peak periods.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Has my hon. Friend considered the possibility of obtaining the services of some more part-time women to work in that room?

Photo of Mr Bracewell Smith Mr Bracewell Smith , Camberwell Dulwich

It is not a question of increasing the staff, but of increasing the space available. We cannot put a quart into a pint pot.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is my hon. Friend not aware that the slowness of the service is due to the total inadequacy of the staff?

Photo of Mr Bracewell Smith Mr Bracewell Smith , Camberwell Dulwich

I do not agree that the staff is insufficient. There is only a certain serving space, and you cannot put more than a certain number of people in it.