Vending Machines

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th July 2013.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

We do not centrally hold information on our local offices which we share with other agencies, where the facilities management is run by other partners.

Notwithstanding, as is common practice in work places across the country, I can confirm that we have one vending machine in each of our core departmental offices in Victoria and Bristol which serve confectionary/snacks.

We do not intend to adopt a nanny state approach by removing them: Our catering supplier provides healthy eating options in our canteen, including fresh and seasonal produce. This Government believe in choice in public services.

I would observe that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister signed a facilities management contract in 2004 which required that there ‘must be top-selling brands' of chocolate in the vending machine for the First Secretary of State.

Ministers in this Administration would regard that as over-specification.

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