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Departmental Catering

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised from public funds. (276429)

Food and drink is on sale within the Ministry for Justice HQ estate. The subsidised provision of food and drink to the Ministry of Justice HQ Estate for financial year 2008-09 was set at £200,000. Although this provision has ceased since the start of the new financial year 2009-10 and the contract will operate as nil subsidy thereafter.

Her Majesty’s Courts Service has food and drink on sale for staff. Their contracts are run on a commercial basis, with a subsidy built in to cover contractor overheads and salaries.

Her Majesty’s Prison Service and National Offender Management Service (custodial and non-custodial) have canteen facilities provided through centrally let contracts which are not subsidised. Records of canteen facilities provided for staff in prisons are not held centrally and to find these details would involve contacting each prison location, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Tribunals Service and the Office for Criminal Justice Reform have subsidised provision via DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) and Home Office contracts respectively.