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Departmental Food

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g) vegetables and (h) fruit procured by his Department that was produced in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (300180)

The latest period for which figures are available is April 2008 to March 2009. Details have been provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for publication by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at:

The proportions of foods procured by the FCO that were produced in the UK are as follows:


lamb and mutton - 50 per cent.

beef and veal - 80 per cent.

chicken - poultry meat - 75 per cent.

pork - 45 per cent.

turkey - included in poultry meat

other meats - 0 per cent.


Ware potatoes - whole, unprepared - 99 per cent.

Processed potatoes - for prepared both whole and cut - 100 per cent.

Roots and Onions - for example carrots, parsnips, onions, turnips and swedes - 82 per cent.

Brassicas - for example brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower - 65 per cent.

Legumes - for example beans (broad), beans (runner and dwarf), peas (green for market), peas (green for processing), peas (harvested dry) - 52 per cent.

Protected vegetables - for example tomatoes (round, vine, plum and cherry), tomatoes (cold), cucumbers, lettuce, celery, sweet peppers - 25 per cent.

Other vegetables - for example asparagus, celery, leeks, lettuce, watercress - 55 per cent.


Orchard fruit - for example dessert apples, culinary apples, pears, plums - 50 per cent.

Soft fruit - for example strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants - 31 per cent.