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Food: Waste

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not keep an official record of the volume of food waste removed from its UK offices at the present time.

The FCO contracted caterer (ESS) does not manage the waste contract for the FCO and therefore cannot provide the overall details of food waste from all of the buildings in FCO. They do have internal controls to manage food waste in the kitchen. They record any wastage on a weekly basis; enabling them to reduce waste wherever possible. These records are for internal use and are not retained for client reporting purposes.

The FCO has plans to separate out food waste in the future which will be reported on by our waste contractor.

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