Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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 Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

The Department's contracted service provider does not hold records which would enable an accurate answer to be given and this could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The majority of food procured by our current contractor originates from the UK (meat, vegetables and fish), Europe (fruit and vegetables), France (poultry) and Greenland (seafood).

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