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Departmental Catering

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department since it was established; and how much his Department paid to each such supplier. (248383)

The Department does not manage the buildings that it occupies. Accordingly, food and drink purchased for events at DIUS offices is generally provided by the catering contractors of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Catering at events held elsewhere is generally provided by the venue.

Further details, including expenditure on food and drink, are available only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department and its agencies provide for staff. (249077)

Almost all of the Department's staff are based in buildings managed by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (in London) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in Sheffield, Runcorn and Darlington). The catering facilities provided by these Departments for their own staff are also available to DIUS staff. A small number of DIUS staff are based at Polaris House, Swindon, and have access to the catering facilities provided by the Research Councils for their own staff. Staff of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory and the small number of DIUS staff based in Teddington can use the catering facilities at the National Physical Laboratory. The Intellectual Property Office staff can use the on-site catering facilities provided by the Office for National Statistics.