Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from which five countries of origin the greatest amount of food was procured by his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what the (a) cost and (b) quantity procured was in each case.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families catering service is contracted out and the information requested could only be provided at disproportionate costs. A report was produced by DEFRA and issued to Parliament on the proportion of domestically produced food used in Government Departments during the period 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. DEFRA proposes to publish data on the value of contracts let for food and catering contracts (including the value of food provided under the catering contracts) by the end of 2008 which will allow calculations to be made.

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