Hotel and Restaurant Meals (House Charges).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 5th August 1942.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Lewis Silkin Mr Lewis Silkin , Camberwell Peckham

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that restaurant charges have increased since they have been limited; and what action he proposes taking in the matter?

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether the inquiries into the working of the house charges for hotels, permitted under the recent Order, have now been completed; and what reductions and withdrawals are proposed where prices are now equal to, or more than, formerly?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

As I have indicated previously, my Noble Friend instituted an inquiry into the facts in the central London area. The conduct of this inquiry was entrusted to an accountant and has now been completed. My noble Friend is at present reviewing the existing and provisionally authorised house charges in the light of the evidence now available and taking into consideration the capital charges which have to be borne by the various establishments concerned.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

As this review has now been concluded, will my hon. Friend take some steps to see that there is a stoppage put to this racket which his Department has created?

Photo of Mr Lewis Silkin Mr Lewis Silkin , Camberwell Peckham

May I send my hon. Friend particular instances of what is happening?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I shall be very glad to have them.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Will this review go into the meals served in private rooms in hotels?