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Departmental Catering

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department paid to each such supplier in each of those years. (248384)

Provision of food and drink for the Department's catering needs in London is provided under contract by Quadrant Catering Limited. The Department's catering needs in Leeds is provided by Eurest Services.

The Department has paid Quadrant Catering Limited and Eurest Services the following sums on food and drink in the last three years:

£

2005-06

1,076,479

2006-07

952,046

2007-08

887,844

The information requested to identify the amount paid to each supplier is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department and its agencies provides for staff. (249075)

The Department and its agencies do not have any (a) directly-operated or, (b) franchised catering outlets.

The Department has a contract with Quadrant Catering Limited to supply restaurant and hospitality services to four buildings in London, (Richmond house, Skipton house, Wellington house and New King's Beam house.) Eurest provide catering services to the Department's offices in Quarry house (Leeds) under arrangements through the Department of Work and Pensions.

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority at Market Towers ((MHRA)—London) has a contract with Bartlett Mitchell to supply a restaurant service which is subsidised by MHRA. The amount is £72,000 per year. This figure is not directly attributed to food and drink and includes the running costs of the restaurant.