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House of Commons: Catering

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 25th January 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to increase the range of food available for both vegetarians and vegans in catering facilities in the House.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

Catering services provide a wide choice of dishes to cater for vegans and vegetarians throughout the estate. Menus are changed on a regular basis to provide variety and to reflect seasonality. There has also been an increase in the number of choices for vegans and vegetarians across our venues in recent years.

We gather customer suggestions and feedback through regular surveys and through our customer feedback email address. This assists us with our menu planning and to improve our offers and dishes on our menus where possible.

There are no specific plans to increase the range of food available to vegans and vegetarians. In 2017, all cafeterias supported National Vegetarian Week (15 to 19 May) and World Vegan Month (in November) where we promote and further offer a selection of dishes to our customers. Catering services will continue to promote these in 2018.

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