Thursday, February 22, 2007

Never mind the pollocks

Never let it be said that our elected representative don't get their daily dose of Omega-3. According to figures released by the House of Commons Catering services they've been gobbling up fish like nobodies business in the restaurants.

Only last year they managed to consume over 2 tons of cod, 6 tons of salmon (perhaps it was Alex from the SNP?), 2 tons of tuna. Someone has a fancy for octopus too it seems, 11 kilos of the stuff was consumed. Interestingly no one has been eating oysters for the last two years, but some MPs enjoyed 60 kilos in 2004-05 (who's the lucky fella/lady?).

There's also been a year on year increase of mullets in the Commons, perhaps Chris Waddle was visiting the Sports Minister? I was also shocked to discover that some philistine has been eating pollocks, outrageous, but then maybe canvas tastes nice with a bit of butter and parsley?

There been quite an increase in lobster and crab over the past few years, but I'm putting that down to the MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire seeking revenge for his extended family though acts of cannibalism.
Hat Tip: Croydonian for some of the more appalling fish jokes.


Mr R said...
22 Feb 2007 20:28:00  

Dizzy - I am a friend of that man from Croydon who sent your post onto me. For my sins I cook for a top-end contract catering company. I have just done some digging around and even at Billingsgate trade cost prices - taken from 20/02 - the costs for salmon, cod and tuna alone are over £80k. Factor in that they will not be buying direct from the market but from a trade supplier and then factor in their precentage, say 15%, and you are looking at nearly £100k just for the 3 fish. Do you know if the food in the Commons is paid for buy us taxpayers or do the MP's pay for it themselves? I am assuming some of this fish was used for entertaining and not just in the restaurants and bars there. is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à.r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to