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Departments: Food

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken in response to the National Audit Office Report Smarter Food Procurement by the Public Sector. (142754)

[holding answer 14 June 2007]: The Department worked closely with the National Audit Office (NAO) in establishing the facts published in its report ‘Smarter Food Procurement in the Public Sector’ and has consulted the NAO in taking forward action on the report's recommendations. It is also working closely with the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the School Food Trust and the North East Centre of Excellence in taking forward the report's recommendations. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a hearing on the NAO report on 11 October 2006 and published their report on 30 March 2007 (the 13th Report of the Public Accounts Committee). Details of the work being taken by this Department and other Government Departments in response to the PAC report is set out in the Treasury Minute published on 23 May 2007 (Cm 7077).