Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Peter Ainsworth Peter Ainsworth Shadow Secretary of State for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such fish met the Marine Stewardship Council standard in each such year, broken down by species.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not categorise expenditure to that degree of detail. The information is therefore not obtainable. M&J Seafood has recently become the sole fish supplier to the FCO's catering contractor, Director's Table. M&J Seafood is committed to responsible sourcing from well-managed and sustainable fisheries and actively promotes the use of under utilised species. M&J Seafood does not supply any species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list of endangered species and was the first company within the UK's food industry to offer Marine Stewardship Council approved products such as New Zealand hoki, wild Alaskan salmon and Cornish line-caught mackerel.

Furthermore, M&J Seafood supplies the 'Natural Choice' Shetland salmon which is certified by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' farm assurance and food labelling scheme and fed with organic sustainable feed only.

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