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Armed Forces: Food

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of administering the Pay As You Dine scheme was in 2007-08. (207568)

The cost of administering the Pay As You Dine scheme is not readily available as it is embedded within MOD's multi-activity contracts and PFI projects. As such the information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment has been made of the effects of the Pay As You Dine scheme on nutrition of young soldiers; and what steps he is taking to ensure that young soldiers reliant on the Pay As You Dine scheme consume an adequate diet; (207569)

(2) what assessment has been made of whether the Pay As You Dine scheme has promoted healthy eating;

(3) what customer satisfaction surveys of the Pay As You Dine scheme have been undertaken; and if he will publish the results of the surveys.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of food provision in the armed forces was in each year since 1997. (207572)

Gross expenditure on food purchase and services across the MOD for which figures are available are as follows:

Financial year

Gross expenditure (£ million)

1997-98

190

1998-99

195

1999-2000

195

2000-01

194

2001-02

205

2002-03

232

2003-04

271

2004-05

235

2005-06

243

2006-07

1274

1 This figure excludes expenditure on food supplied and paid for through Pay As You Dine (PAYD) contracts which commenced April 2006.