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Retail Trade: Hygiene

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable he has set for the national roll-out of the scores on doors scheme for local authorities. (294465)

I have been asked to reply.

The Food Standards Agency is establishing a national “scores on the doors” scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for rating hygiene standards in food businesses.

The outline timetable for this is as follows:

Element of scheme


Scope and exemptions to scope (type of business to be included)

By end October 2009

Guidance on pre-launch/launch/migration issues for local authorities

Data standard for use with the web-based IT platform for publishing scores

Derivation of numerical score and “mapping” of this to the different tiers of the scheme

By end February 2010

Safeguard mechanisms to ensure fairness to businesses

Symbols, descriptors and branding for the scheme

Consistency framework for local authorities for scheme operation

By end March 2010

Peer review arrangements and auditing of the scheme

By end August 2010

General guidance on all aspects of the scheme