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Fish: Conservation

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will have discussions with ministerial colleagues on the public procurement of (a) fish and (b) shellfish to increase the proportions procured from sustainable sources. (318899)

My colleague, the Minister for Farming and the Environment has spoken or written to Ministers with responsibility for procurement to encourage them to procure food that has been sourced sustainably which includes the procurement of fish and shellfish. The latest report on food used in Government Departments shows that eight Departments purchased 100 per cent. of their fish from sustainable sources and for a further Department the figure was 99 per cent. We are also considering the case for introducing a minimum mandatory buying standard for central Government for food and catering, including for the procurement of seafood from sustainable sources.