24 January 2014 11:44 AM
Though officials reportedly said the number of complaints was relatively small, the extravagance of requests knew no bounds. Chitterlinks (pigs intestines) and a live jazz band were among some of the suggestions made.
To one anonymous MP, the poor selection of pre-dinner drinks was a particular source of dissatisfaction.
‘All rather embarrassing, don’t you think? Whoever is in charge of the drinks stock should really get their act together.’
The MP went on: ‘I think the potato thing is getting out of hand. Yes, I know our meals are ‘‘subsidised’’ by the taxpayer but we really have very little choice but to dine in the House.’
The complaints come despite the fact government meals are subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of£5.8 million a year, meaning a pint of beer inside the Commons costs just £1.70 (less than the going rate at a local Weatherspoons) and a slow-cooked pork belly and vegetables main rings in at £3.55.
Should the taxpayer continue subsidising Westminster meals and drinks?