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Fish

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such fish met the Marine Stewardship Council standard in each such year, broken down by species. (217880)

The amount of fish procured since the start of the current MOD food supply contract on 1 October 2006 is approximately 1,300 metric tonnes. The cost, broken down by species, is as follows:

Spend (£)

Species

October 2006 to September 2007

October 2007 to June 2008

Prawn (including scampi)

661,335

414,370

Cod

606,468

413,163

Canned fish

485,090

301,628

Haddock

197,265

145,982

Salmon

184,652

113,611

Plaice

134,917

75,544

Tuna

41,182

26,764

Hoki

30,515

28,672

Halibut

28,687

23,615

Mackerel

30,219

21,996

Hake

28,894

16,242

Pollock

16,629

16,896

Scallops

21,596

9,848

Kippers

15,707

8,550

Trout

10,293

13,454

Blanchbait

2,787

875

River Cobbler

1,890

All fish purchased through the MOD food supply contract is subject to extensive and stringent quality standards. These are comparable to, or exceed, extant EC and legislative standards.

Further detailed information in respect of fish procured outside of the MOD food supply contract, such as contract catering/pay as you dine establishments and the spend prior to October 2006 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The value of fish procured that meets the Marine Stewardship Council Standard is not held.