RAF Akrotiri

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 217721, when the catering arrangements were extended to assist with Op SHADER; what choices were in place on 4 December 2014; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2014 to Question 217721, whether personnel deployed on Operation Shader received hot meals at Crown expense before 4 December 2014.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The catering arrangements for personnel deployed on OP SHADER who are based at Akrotiri are set out below:

· from 8 August 2014, deployed personnel were fed three meals per day in the respective messes, there was no requirement for duty meals; then in addition to three daily mess meals:

· from 10 August 2014 personnel were provided with packed meals to eat while on duty;

· from 13 August 2014 a duty meal was provided between 2100 and 2300 in the Junior Ranks dining facility;

· since 21 October 2014 a duty meal has been provided at 2300 at the place of work.

On 4 December 2014, those deployed on OP SHADER had the following food choices:

· for breakfast from 0600 to 0830: a choice from an English-style breakfast, assorted cereals and milk;

· for lunch from 1230 to 1430: five hot meal options, a salad bar, a selection of sandwiches, assorted confectionary, hot and cold drinks;

· for dinner from 1630 to 1930: five hot meal options, seven side dishes, a salad bar, four desert options, assorted confectionary, hot and cold drinks;

· for the duty meal at 2300: at the place of work two or three hot options from the lunch or dinner menu, a choice of sandwiches, fruit, hot and cold drinks.

All of these meals are provided at Crown expense.

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