According to The Sun the House of Commons Refreshment Department swallowed up £5.5 million of taxpayers' money last year. This represents 43 per cent of its operating costs.
On the face of it, this is odd to say the very least. A public scandal is another way of describing it. The dining rooms are in permanent use, even during recesses. The bars are open with no licencing restrictions. They have an almost captive audience.
One reason for the huge loss is that the bars and restaurants charge ludicrously low prices. It's about time this stopped and the Refreshment Department put its house in order. The trouble is, this department is overseen by a committee of MPs. You can just imagine them all voting to put up prices, can't you? They'd be lynched by their colleagues!