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Prisons: Food

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of food procured by prisons came from UK food producers in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The proportion of food (by value) purchased through the Ministry of Justice Foodstuff Contracts produced in the UK for which figures are available is 46% or £27.5 million extrapolated over a 12 month period.

The data set used to inform this figure has been calculated using actual sales data against the current MOJ foodstuff contracts for the provision of prisoner food during the quarter period October 2012-January 2013.

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J Robertson
Posted on 20 Jul 2013 10:28 am (Report this annotation)

Just some background information.

A TV series on London's Markets showed that the prison service uses a wholesaler at New Covent Gardent to haggle for a lot of its fruit and veg.

At least one prison has trouble using food from its own kitchen garden to eat in the kitchen because of an administrative glitch, according to a temporary consultation web site for efficiency ideas that the new government ran when first in office.

About the prison catering manual
http://www.insidetime.org/resources/pso/pso_5000_prison_cate... - page 54, para 1 and a national audit office report on prison food called "serving time" -

The manual states that meat or a meat alternative should be available daily to provide protein; the report states that prisoners are getting fatter, proving the obvious point that cheap meat products tend to be fattening and that advice to eat meat to get protein is simply wrong. Another paragraph of the manual lists expensive precautions needed to make a halal alternative to any meat course. You can see where this argument is heading...