Vending Machines

Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Business, Innovation and Skills how many vending machines in his Department's premises contain snack foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has five vending machines installed on its premises. The machines stock a variety of confectionery and soft drinks.

A selection of healthier snack options such as fresh fruit can be purchased in BIS staff restaurants and coffee bars throughout the day.

BIS also has a choice of healthy food items on its weekly restaurant menus and has a traffic light system detailing nutritional information about each dish:

Red—this dish is either high in dairy products and or deep fried

Amber—this dish contains dairy products or has been shallow fried

Green—this dish is healthy and has been cooked using minimal oil, char grilled or oven roasted

Salt is not available on the dining tables.

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