Armed Forces: Meals

Defence written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Dan Byles Dan Byles Conservative, North Warwickshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost of each meal provided to armed forces personnel was when stationed (a) in the UK, (b) in Germany and (c) overseas in an operational theatre in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

At any one time some 70% of armed forces personnel in the UK and permanent bases overseas are catered for through a number of Catering, Retail and Leisure and other multi-activity contracts (incorporating Pay As You Dine arrangements) to deliver this and other services. Contractors are required to offer a core meal, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with set calorific and nutritional standards, in line with the prevailing daily food charge, which is currently capped by the Armed Forces Pay Review body at a maximum of £4.25 per day in UK and €4.85 per day in Germany. Service personnel can, however, choose an alternative retail offering if they prefer. Those serving in the UK at sites not covered by these arrangements are charged the standard daily food charge of £4.25 per day.

Armed forces personnel serving on operations and exercises are not charged for the food provided to them.

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