Catering Services in the House of Commons

Written evidence submitted by Madeleine Moon MP

I wish to raise the issue of charges for food in the members dining room. When I visited the dining room recently I wanted only a starter and was asked to pay £15 as a standard charge for food there. It was agreed that this was inappropriate but what concerns me is that members are no longer seeking to eat in the dining room for fear of charges. Staff are no longer receiving the tips they used to receive which affects their income. I fear that IPSA is on course to close down dining facilities here and losing staff their jobs if we are not careful.

I am also aware that staff are bringing in sandwiches and meals to heat in their rooms rather than pay the higher prices. I again fear for the impact on staff who work in the various food outlets.

October 2010