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House of Lords: Catering

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Liberal Democrat

To ask the Chairman of Committees what recommendations have been made following the publication and consideration of the April 2010 Consultant's Report into House of Lords Catering and Retail operations; and whether he will make these available to Members.

Photo of Lord Brabazon of Tara Lord Brabazon of Tara Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Procedure Committee (Lords), Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chairman of Committees, House of Lords, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

A large number of recommendations made by the consultant have been implemented. These include a series of "quick wins" and operational improvements, such as simplification of menus, the removal of loss-making vending machines and improvements to purchasing and stock control processes. The Refreshment Committee has also conducted the price review against external benchmarks which the consultant recommended, and prices across the House have recently been increased as a result. Finally, the Refreshment Committee is in the process of considering what changes might be made to the various refreshment outlets in response to the consultant's report. Any major proposed changes which ensue will be communicated to Members in a report to the House by the Refreshment Committee.

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