Catering Services in the House of Commons

Written evidence submitted by David Davies MP

There is a huge problem with mice and rats in many of the areas where food is served. I myself have on numerous occasions seen mice/ rats running around in the Members Tea Room, the Smoking Room and the Terrace cafeteria.

On one instance I saw a mouse roaming the terrace café where large numbers of people were dining in broad daylight. When I pointed it out to a member of staff she shrugged and told me that "We call him Albert and he always pops out at this time of day."

If we are to be charged " the going rate" for cups of tea then I think we have the right to the same levels of cleanliness that would apply in a public restaurant.

Perhaps it is something the Committee might consider.

September 2010