Departmental Food

Justice written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has guidelines on ensuring that food used for his Department's official functions is of domestic origin.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Where catering requirements have been approved, food must be purchased from an approved MoJ food contractor. All products supplied to the MOJ must comply with all current and subsequent relevant UK and EU legislation, regulations and directives.

The legal framework governing public procurement is designed to ensure that public procurement is fair, transparent and not used to discriminate by setting up barriers to free trade.

However, where United Kingdom supplies can meet the specifications set by the Ministry of Justice will avail of these products wherever this can be achieved without increasing overall costs.

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