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Departmental Food

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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. (300184)

A second report on the proportion of domestically produced food used by Government Departments and also supplied to hospitals and prisons under contracts negotiated by NHS Supply Chain and HM Prison Service was published in November 2008, covering the year from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008. This report and the first one covering the previous year can be found at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/policy/publicsectorfood/awareness.htm

The report gives details of the proportion of individual meat, fruit and vegetable categories purchased.

The report indicates that overall proportion of domestically produced food procured by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 2007-08 was 55 per cent. DFID actively encourages the provision of fair trade or other ethically trading standards produced items which will normally be imported.

DEFRA intends to publish the report covering the year from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 shortly.