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Speciality Foods

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department gives for promoting the wider availability of speciality foods. (125919)

We offer support in many ways, including through Food From Britain, the regional development agencies, support for farmers markets and the organic sector, the public sector food procurement initiative, the EU protected food name scheme and by encouraging the retailers to source more speciality, regional and local food. My officials calculate that since the launch of our regional food strategy in December 2002 total Government support for speciality, regional and local food is in the region of £20 million.