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Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to encourage private sector organisations to participate in the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative. (251758)

I have been asked to reply.

Since its launch in 2003, the Government's Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI) has highlighted practical ways in which private sector organisations can help to deliver its objectives. Among the steps taken are the holding of national and regional conferences for suppliers, publication of guidance, funding of regional projects to develop local supply chains and direct engagement with key stakeholders such as the foodservice companies and the British Hospitality Association. Further information can be found on the PSFPI website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/farm/policy/sustain/procurement/awareness.htm.