Departmental Food

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of food purchased by his Department was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In the last two years the proportion of food purchased by the Department that was produced in the UK was as follows:

Financial year Percentage UK p roduce
2010-11 57
2009-10 56

The information requested for earlier years was published by DEFRA in three annual reports on food procurement which covered the period April 2006 to March 2009. The final one of this series is available at:

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/policy/publicsectorfood/documents/100226-food-proc-initiative.pdf

These reports include an estimate of the proportion of domestically produced food procured for Government Departments and also supplied to hospitals and prisons under contracts negotiated by NHS Supply Chain and the National Offended Management Service. A summary of all three years is on page four of this document.

These reports were laid in the Library of the House.

These figures were supplied by our facilities management supplier and relate to in-house catering.

The DEFRA document quotes the following figures for DCLG for earlier years:

  Percentage
2008-09 57.5
2007-08 65
2006-07 59

The Department's caterers are contracted to comply with Government buying standards for food with regard to food purchase and provision and we are working to increase the volume of food procured from the UK.

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