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Food Procurement

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of food sourced by (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible was procured from UK food producers in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC receives its catering services through a contract procured by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DEFRA is working with the caterer to ensure that Government Buying Standards are met in full.

The percentage of food under the contract between May and September 2011 that was sourced from the UK was:

Meat: 43.5%

Poultry: 67.1%

Fruit and vegetable: 23.3% of total, 38.5% of indigenous.

In relation to those DECC non-departmental public bodies who have contracts covering catering:

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) facilities management provider is responsible for the provision of catering through a contract with an external catering company. The NDA do not hold figures on the proportion of food sourced from UK producers.

The Coal Authority currently procure 95% of food from UK producers.

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