NHS: Meat

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) poultry meat is purchased annually by the NHS for consumption; and what proportion of such meat is British in origin.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on the amount and provenance of all meat purchased by the National Health Service is not held centrally by the Department. However, information is held for fresh meat and poultry purchased through NHS Supply Chain, under national framework agreements.

Sales of fresh meat and poultry through NHS Supply Chain are estimated as being in the region of 40% of the total for the NHS in England.

Purchases of fresh meat in the four categories, as requested, are as follows:

Value of Purchase £ million

(July 2013 to June 2014)

Percentage that is British in Origin

A

Lamb

1.16

60%

B

Beef

3.23

92%

C

Pork

1.41

57%

D

Poultry

2.49

68%

The information provided relates to sales over the period from July 2013 to June 2014. There have been no significant changes in sourcing over the past 12 months and therefore these proportions will be broadly reflective of the current situation.

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