Food Supply

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the report to Parliament in 2021 on food security required under section 19 of the Agriculture Act 2020 will contain an analysis of statistical data by local authority.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the report to Parliament in 2021 on food security required under Section 19 of the Agriculture Act 2020 will include analysis of statistical data relating to the food security of (a) children, (b) disabled people, (c) people with no recourse to public funds and (d) households below the poverty line of 60 per cent of median UK household income.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK Food Security Report 2021 will provide a comprehensive analysis into a range of current issues relevant to food security. The key themes set out in the Agriculture Act include Global Food Availability, Supply Sources for Food, the Resilience of the Supply Chain for Food, Household Expenditure on Food, and Food Safety and Consumer Confidence in Food. The section on Household Expenditure on Food will include an assessment of food poverty in terms of economic and physical access to food, along with the ability to afford nutritious food.

The Government agrees that robust official data is required to understand the full scope of the food security picture and to support future policy making. Therefore, this report will bring together regularly reported and publicly available data on the subject of food security, including for the Household Expenditure on Food theme. All relevant data sources are being considered to reflect the full picture of each theme. Analysis is limited by the granularity of available data, which may not be sufficient to report at Local Authority level. The 2021 report will identify gaps and limitations of our data, which will be re-examined in subsequent reports.

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