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British Food

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of food served in buildings occupied by her Department was of British origin in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (111126)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) plays an active part in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ public sector food procurement initiative, and seeks to improve the sustainability of food supplied to the Department.

In 2006, the following proportion of food served within the FCO was of British Origin:

Percentage

Meat

49

Fruit and vegetables

40

Cheese

40

Eggs

100

Fish

60

Milk

100

Bread

100

The contract for the supply of catering to the FCO changed hands in mid 2005 and as a result figures for that year could only be provided at disproportionate cost.