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Departmental Catering

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department and its agencies provides for staff. (249079)

HM Court Service has directly operated services for staff at two locations, Barnsley and Nottingham magistrates courts. There are no franchised catering outlets; all other catering provision is through primary catering service providers.

The Ministry of Justice has no franchised catering outlets, but has a number of contracted operations providing a variety of coffee bar, restaurant, hospitality and vending services at six of its headquarter buildings in London.

Similarly, National Offender Management Services (NOMS) has no franchised catering outlets. Contracted catering services are provided at 28 prisons and two headquarter buildings. Central records of directly operated catering outlets are not held. To obtain this information would be at a disproportionate cost as records at each establishment would need to be checked.