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Food Procurement

Transport written question – answered on 12th December 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 Transport what proportion of food sourced by (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible was procured from UK food producers in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The requested information for this year relating to on-site catering facilities that the Department has some direct responsibility for is as follows:

(a)
Organisational unit Proportion of food sourced from UK food producers
Department for Transport headquarters building Across all food groups over 70% of food is sourced to Farm Assured, Red Tractor and The Marine Stewards Council guidelines, depending on the time of year.
Driving Standards Agency 56%
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 61%

(b) The requested information is not held by Trinity House Lighthouse Service and Northern Lighthouse Board. Other Department for Transport non departmental public bodies either do not procure food or are minor occupiers and have no direct responsibility for on-site food procurement.

The Department cannot identify the origins of food purchased under other arrangements including as part of external room hire or conference packages.

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