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Hospitals: Food

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the proportion of hospital food wasted in the most recent period for which figures are available. (154175)

This information is not collected in the format requested. The latest figures (for England) on food waste in the form of untouched meals are as set out as follows:

2005-06

Total number of untouched/unserved patient meals

13,053,065

Average percentage of untouched/unserved patient meals

9.42

Since 2004-05, the data provided have not been collected on a mandatory basis and therefore will not be complete.