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Refreshment Department

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what information the Refreshment Department collects on the quantity of (a) organic food and (b) food sourced within 50 miles of London for use in the House of Commons dining rooms. (76278)

The Refreshment Department can generally identify from its purchasing records the quantity and value of organic meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables purchased over the past year, and the quantity and value of some organic grocery and counter-line products readily identifiable as organic (for example, certain brands of sandwiches, salads, yoghurts, biscuits, cakes, etc.). However, the Department does not keep a comprehensive list that specifically identifies the quantity of all organic foods used. No record is kept of the quantity of food sourced within 50 miles of London.