Government Departments: Food

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Departments are compliant with (a) Government Buying Standards and (b) the balanced scorecard approach for the procurement of food and drink.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The balanced scorecard (BSC) approach becomes mandatory for central Government departments in July 2018. The procurement of food and catering services for central Government departments is currently measured via The Greening Government Commitment, which measures the actions that UK Government departments and their agencies will take to reduce their impacts on the environment in the period 2016 to 2020. The 2015/2016 annual report shows that 13 out of 22 Government departments are compliant with Government Buying Standards.

Defra is currently working with Crown Commercial Services to implement a new quarterly evaluation system to measure the adoption of the BSC in Government departments. This will begin in summer 2018 after the BSC has been mandated by Crown Commercial Services in the Facilities Management Framework.

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