§ 16. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Works the amount of money spent on Government hospitality at receptions held in London hotels and restaurants; and the amount spent in each establishment for the past year.
§ Following are the details:
§ The amount spent in each establishment was as follows:
|The Hyde Park Hotel||157||4||1|
|The Savoy Hotel||2,307||12||4|
§ 17. Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Minister of Works if he will arrange that, in future, all Government hospitality receptions, hotel bookings, etc., are shared out equally amongst those establishments able to provide the necessary accommodation and facilities.
§ Sir W. Smithers
May I ask the Minister if all the entertainments and the food provided were subject to the ordinary regulations of the Ministry of Food?
§ Mr. Keeling
Would the Minister agree that quality in Government hospitality is more important than equality?
§ 18. Mr. Lewis
asked the Minister of Works whether when the Government 15 hold receptions, etc., m London hotels and restaurants, every opportunity is given by means of competitive tender to each suitable establishment to apply; and whether he will give an assurance that these contracts for receptions are given to establishments that abide by the fair wage and condition clause of Government contracts.
§ Mr. Key
As a rule, Government receptions have to be arranged at very short notice and time does not permit of competitive tendering. With regard to the second part of the Question it has not been considered necessary or appropriate to apply the general conditions of Government contracts to the services which are provided by hotels and restaurants in connection with these receptions.