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WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2001

Members present:

Janet Anderson Mr Ronnie Campbell
Tony Cunningham Mrs Janet Dean
Miss Julie Kirkbride Mr Simon Thomas
Mr Dennis Turner

1. Declaration of Interests
Members disclosed pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992. 3


    3   See Appendix.

2. Election of Chairman
Mr Dennis Turner was called to the Chair.

Ordered, That the Chairman do report his election to the House.

3. Time of meetings

Resolved, That the Committee do normally meet on Wednesday mornings at half past nine o'clock at approximately monthly intervals.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 31 October 2001 at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2001

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell Tony Cunningham
Mr Lindsay Hoyle Miss Julie Kirkbride
Mr Simon Thomas

The Committee deliberated.

1.    Refreshment Department services during the Summer Recess

Resolved, That the Committee commends the Refreshment Department on the service provided to Members during the three recalls of Parliament.—(The Chairman.)

2. Terrace Cafeteria

Ordered, That the Director of Catering Services monitor staffing levels in the Terrace Cafeteria.—(The Chairman.)


3. Performance of music at a function in the House

Resolved, That a request by a Member of the House for performance of music at a reception on the Terrace be agreed to.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 November 2001 at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2001

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Janet Anderson Tony Cunningham
Mrs Janet Dean Mr Lindsay Hoyle
Miss Julie Kirkbride

The Committee deliberated.

1.    Procurement (CAT/006)

Ordered, That the Director of Catering Services do furnish the Committee with advice from the National Audit Office on procurement.—(Mr Lindsay Hoyle.)

2.    Members' Wine List

Ordered, That the Director of Catering Services do furnish the Committee with information on cost and selling prices of champagne, wine and sparkling wine sold in the House.—(Mr Lindsay Hoyle.)
The Committee further deliberated.

3.   Carlsberg Lager (CAT/003)
Resolved, That, in the light of concerns expressed in Early Day Motion 418, the Chairman do write to the Chief Executive of Carlsberg-Tetley.—(Mrs Janet Dean.)

4.   Refreshment Department staff training (CAT/005)

The Committee further deliberated.

5.   Access to refreshment outlets in the House of Commons
Resolved, That a review of regulations for access to refreshment outlets in the House should be undertaken.—(The Chairman.)
Ordered, That the Chairman do meet with the Chairman of the House of Lords Refreshment Sub-committee, to discuss access provisions.—(The Chairman.)

6.   Annie's Bar
Resolved, That the Committee recommends that Annie's Bar be refurbished.—(The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Bar's trading performance should be reviewed after six months.—(Tony Cunningham.)

7.   Business of the House
Ordered, That the Chairman do discuss with the Government Chief Whip whether the Refreshment Department might be informed of whipping arrangements on a weekly basis.—(Janet Anderson.)

8.   Frequency of meetings
Resolved, That the Committee do meet approximately fortnightly in future.—(Tony Cunningham.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 12 December 2001 at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2001

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mrs Janet Dean Mr Lindsay Hoyle
Miss Julie Kirkbride

The Committee deliberated.

1.   Business of the House
Resolved, That the Committee takes note that regular contact between the Whips' Offices and the Refreshment Department would be re-established, in order to enable Refreshment Department staff to staff to gauge likely demand.—(The Chairman.)

2.   Annie's Bar
Ordered, That improvements to Annie's Bar should be carried out as proposed by the Food and Beverage Operations Manager.—(The Chairman.)

3.   Churchill Room

Ordered, That the Chairman do write to the Head Waiter in the Churchill Room, thanking him for his long and valued service and wishing him well in retirement.—(The Chairman.)

4.   Pavilion Bar

Ordered, That Members should henceforth be able to entertain up to five guests to tea in the Pavilion Bar.—(The Chairman.)

5.   Christmas buffet
Ordered, That the Refreshment Department be congratulated on the quality of the Christmas buffet served yesterday.—(Mr Lindsay Hoyle.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 16 January 2002 at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Tony Cunningham Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Lindsay Hoyle

The Committee deliberated.

1.   Annie's Bar

The Committee further deliberated.

2.   Gift Shop
Ordered, That the Director of Catering Services do review the range of goods sold in the Gift Shop.—(Mr Lindsay Hoyle.)

3.   Role of the Committee

Ordered, That the Clerk of the Committee do furnish the Committee with a paper on its role.—(Tony Cunningham.)

4.   Acceptance of euros for Refreshment Department sales
Ordered, That the Director of Catering Services do report at a future meeting on the Refreshment Department's policy on the acceptance of euros.—(The Chairman.)

5.   Sales of souvenirs
Ordered, That gifts should be offered for sale at the Despatch Box coffee bar.—(Mr Lindsay Hoyle.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 23 January 2002 at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell Tony Cunningham
Mrs Janet Dean Miss Julie Kirkbride
Mr Simon Thomas

1.    Committee inquiry (CAT/007)

   Resolved, That the Committee do hold an inquiry into demand for refreshment facilities in the House and ways of relieving pressure on certain outlets.—(The Chairman.)
Ordered, That the Chairman do write to all Members of the House announcing the inquiry and drawing attention to the refurbishment of Annie's Bar.—(The Chairman.)
Ordered, That the Director of Catering Services do consider how to gather relevant statistical information for the inquiry.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 6 February at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell Tony Cunningham
Mrs Janet Dean Miss Julie Kirkbride
Mr Simon Thomas

1.   Procurement (CAT/010)
The Committee deliberated.

2.   Role of the Committee (CAT/012)

Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the paper by the Clerk of the Committee.—(The Chairman.)

3.   Merchandising on the Line of Route (CAT/013)
Resolved, That the Committee supports the approach proposed in the paper by the Food and Beverage Operations Manager.—(The Chairman.)

4.   Dining Room menus
Resolved, That the Committee supports in principle the proposal by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Works of Art for portraits hanging in the Dining Rooms to be reproduced on menu covers.—(The Chairman.)

5.   No Smoking Day campaign

Resolved, That the Committee recommends a ban on smoking in the Members' Tea Room and in the Terrace Cafeteria on No Smoking Day, 13 March 2002.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 6 March at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell Tony Cunningham
Mrs Janet Dean Miss Julie Kirkbride
Mr Simon Thomas

1.   No Smoking Day
Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the view of Mr Speaker.—(The Chairman.)

2.   Refreshment Department Trading Budget 2002-03 and Forecast Outturn 2001-02 (CAT/020)

Resolved, That the Committee supports the Refreshment Department's proposals for selling prices in the cafeterias and for set menus in the Dining Rooms in 2002-03.—(The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee recommends to the Finance and Services Committee a reduction in the gross profit margin on sales of wines and spirits sold as souvenirs in 2002-03.—(The Chairman.)

3.   Westminster Hall Visitor Cafeteria (CAT/021)
Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the paper by the Director of Catering Services.—(The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee recommends to the Finance and Services Committee a reduction in the prices proposed for certain basic items.—(The Chairman.)

4.   Acceptance of payments in Euros (CAT/028)
Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the paper by the Director of Finance and Administration.—(The Chairman.)
Resolved
, That the Committee recommends to the Finance and Services Committee that Euros should be accepted in outlets in the House used by tourists.—(The Chairman.)

5.   Performance of music at functions in the House (CAT/027)
Ordered, That the Chairman do propose to Mr Speaker that the Committee advise him as a matter of course on whether requests for permission for the performance of music at functions in the House should be granted.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 10 April at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Tony Cunningham Mrs Janet Dean
Miss Julie Kirkbride Mr Simon Thomas

1.   HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Resolved, That the Committee commends the Refreshment Department for its exceptional effort in providing round-the-clock refreshment facilities in the days following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.—(The Chairman.)

2.   Committee inquiry: Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons
Resolved
, That the Committee do visit each of the House's refreshment facilities.—(Mrs Janet Dean.)
Resolved, That the Commitee do take oral evidence from the Refreshment Department User Group, the Secretaries' and Assistants' Council, the Board of Management, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (British Group), the Chairman of the House of Lords Refreshment Sub-committee, the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and the House of Commons Whitley Committee Trade Union Side on Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 8 May at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Tony Cunningham Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Simon Thomas

1.   Performance of music at functions in the House

Ordered, That the Chairman do convey to Mr Speaker the Committee's opinion on a request by a Member of the House.—(The Chairman.)

2.   Committee inquiry: Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons

Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Ms Della Herd, Chairman, Mr Laurie Kaye MBE and Mr Ron Cox, Refreshment Department User Group, were examined.

Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Mr Peter Vines, Chairman, and Ms Gill Cheeseman, President, Secretaries' and Assistants' Council, were examined.
Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Mr Michael Cummins, Serjeant at Arms, and Mr Andrew Walker, Director of Finance and Administration, Board of Management of the House of Commons, were examined.
Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Mr Andrew Pearson, UK Branch Secretary, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and Mr Kenneth Courtenay, General Secretary, Inter-Parliamentary Union (British Group), were examined.

[Adjourned to Wednesday 15 May at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Janet Anderson Mr Ronnie Campbell
Tony Cunningham Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Simon Thomas

1.   Performance of music at functions in the House

Ordered, That the Chairman do convey to Mr Speaker the Committee's opinion on a request by a Member of the House.—(The Chairman.)
   
2.   Visitor Centre feasibility study
Ordered, That the Chairman do write to the Board of Management's Group on Information for the Public, to convey the Committee's views on location of a possible visitor centre.—(The Chairman.)
3.   Committee inquiry: Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons

Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Lord Colwyn CBE, a Member of the House of Lords and Chairman of the House of Lords Refreshment Sub-committee, and Mr Edward Ollard, Clerk of the Sub-committee, were examined.
Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Mr Nigel Morris and Mr Mike Steele, Parliamentary Press Gallery, were examined.

Refreshment facilities in the House of Commons: Dr Chris Pond, President, and Mrs Josephine Willows, Administrator, House of Commons Whitley Committee Trade Union Side, were examined.

[Adjourned to Wednesday 19 June at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell Tony Cunningham
Mrs Janet Dean

1.   Committee inquiry: Refreshment Facilities in the House of Commons (CAT/058)

The Committee deliberated.

2.   House of Commons own-label wines (CAT/060)

Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the report by the Food and Beverage Operations Manager.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 26 June at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Tony Cunningham Mr Lindsay Hoyle

1.   Committee inquiry: Refreshment Facilities in the House of Commons

The Committee deliberated.

2.   Vegetarian food

Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the meeting held by the Chairman with Kali Mountford, a Member of the House, to discuss possible improvements to the vegetarian food offered in Refreshment Department outlets.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 10 July at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Mr Ronnie Campbell Tony Cunningham
Mrs Janet Dean Mr Lindsay Hoyle

1.   Committee inquiry

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Refreshment Facilities in the House of Commons], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read for the first time.

[The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the First Report from the Committee, HC 832 (2001-02) p.27].

2.   Members' Tea Room

The Committee deliberated.

Motion made and Question put, That the Committee do propose to Mr Speaker that Ministers who are Members of the House of Lords but who are not former Members of the House of Commons be granted access to the Members' Tea Room.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 2 Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mrs Janet Dean Noes, 1
Mr Lindsay Hoyle


Resolved,
That the Committee do propose to Mr Speaker that Ministers who are Members of the House of Lords but who are not former Members of the House of Commons be granted access to the Members' Tea Room.—(The Chairman.)

3.   Performance of music at functions in the House (CAT/065)

Ordered, That the Chairman do convey to Mr Speaker the Committee's opinion on a request by a Member of the House.—(The Chairman.)

4.   Fairly traded produce (CAT/064)

The Committee further deliberated.

5.   Smokers' box

Resolved, That the Committee do accept a smokers' box from Mr John Cummings, a Member of the House, presented on behalf of the Lords and Commons Pipe and Cigar Smokers' Club; and that the box be placed in the Smoking Room.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 23 October at half-past Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2002

Members present:

Mr Dennis Turner, in the Chair

Janet Anderson Mr Ronnie Campbell
Tony Cunningham Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Lindsay Hoyle Miss Julie Kirkbride
Mr Simon Thomas

1.   Use of the Dining Rooms at lunchtime

Ordered, That no guests should be admitted to the smaller Dining Room at lunch times; and that the experimental combined use of the smaller Dining Room for both a buffet service and an la carte service at lunch times be reviewed once the impact of any changes to sitting hours agreed by the House has become clear.—(The Chairman.)

2.   Members' Tea Room

Resolved, That the Committee do take note of the view of Mr Speaker.—(The Chairman.)

3.   Performance of music at functions in the House (CAT/068, CAT/06, CAT/070 and CAT/071)

Ordered, That the Chairman do convey to Mr Speaker the Committee's opinion on requests by two Members of the House and by an Officer of the House.—(The Chairman.)

4.   Dining Room menus (CAT/072 and CAT/073)
Resolved, That the Committee takes note of a letter from the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Works of Art and a paper by the Director of Catering Services presenting costed options for the reproduction of images from the House's collection of works of art on menu covers in the Members' and Strangers' Dining Rooms.—(The Chairman.)
Ordered, That images from the House's collection of works of art should be reproduced on the front and rear covers of menus in Members' and Strangers' Dining Rooms.—(Janet Anderson.)
Ordered, That the Advisory Committee on Works of Art should select the images for reproduction.—(The Chairman.)
5.   House of Commons 'own-label' wines (CAT/067)
Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the report by the Food and Beverage Operations Manager on the results of the recent tendering exercise.—(The Chairman.)

6.   Souvenirs and retailing

The Committee deliberated.

7.   Churchill Room menus
Resolved, That the Committee commends the Refreshment Department on the new menu and the quality of food served in the Churchill Room.—(The Chairman.)

8.   Adjournment brasserie in Portcullis House
Resolved, That there is not enough spare capacity in the Adjournment brasserie to allow the extension of access rights to senior staff of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch).—(Mr Lindsay Hoyle.)

[Adjourned to Wednesday 20 November at half-past Nine o'clock.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST (APPENDIX)

17 October 2001

Tony Cunningham declared the receipt of two tickets and hospitality at the Open from BNFL.

Mrs Janet Dean declared a part share of two residential properties in Cheshire. She also declared several miscellaneous and unremunerated interests: Chairmanship of Burton Breweries Charitable Trust, Presidency of East Staffordshire Racial Equality Council, Presidency of Relate: East Staffordshire Marriage Guidance, Honorary Presidency of Uttoxeter Citizens' Advice Bureau, Presidency of Cases, and Presidency of the Women's Section, Royal British Legion (Burton Branch).

Mr Simon Thomas declared occasional income from broadcasting and income and as a member of a Political Opinion Panel of PBRI (Business Planning and Research International). He also declared receipt of a donation as part payment for setting up a website, from Mr Emlyn Phillips; and free parking at railway stations whilst travelling between his constituency and Westminster, from APCOA Parking Limited. He also declared an unremunerated interest as Parliamentary Adviser to Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (National Association of Teachers).


 
 
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