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Young Offender Institutions: Food

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of providing food in each of the young offender institutions holding juveniles was in the last 12 months. (321746)

The average Prison Service daily food expenditure per prisoner1 in public sector young offender institutions holding juveniles during 2008-09 (latest available data) is shown in the table.

1 The daily food cost has been calculated using available management information from NOMS finance systems and assumes that all transactions have been allocated and recorded against the correct accounting codes.

Average daily cost of food per prisoner, 2008-09

£

Brinsford

2.40

Castington

2.51

Cookham Wood1

2.84

Downview

2.21

Eastwood Park

2.58

Feltham

3.20

Foston Hall

2.41

Hindley

2.50

Huntercombe

2.60

New Hall

2.46

Stoke Heath

2.47

Warren Hill2

2.61

Werrington

3.20

Wetherby

2.58

1 Includes Rochester as their kitchen also provides meals for Cookham Wood and it is not possible to separate food costs for the two sites. 2 Includes Hollesley Bay as their kitchen also provides meals for Warren Hill and it is not possible to separate food costs for the two sites.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which young offender institutions observe guidelines on providing five pieces of fruit or vegetables a day; (321747)

(2) what steps the Prison Service is taking to implement Department of Health guidance on healthy eating.

Young offender institutions in England and Wales provide a multi-choice, pre-select menu that includes healthy options. Caterers are issued with guidance to provide five portions of fruit and vegetables each day and are expected to meet this requirement.

There are a number of initiatives to encourage healthy eating including working towards food specifications with reduced sugar and salt content, favouring steaming and baking rather than shallow and deep frying and avoiding adding salt and sugar during the cooking process. A balanced approach to nutrition is being pursued in line with the Department of Health's guidelines.

Educating all prisoners, including young offenders, to eat a more healthy diet is key. Increasingly the National Offender Management Service is adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and working with the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency and others to encourage individual prisoners to eat more healthily.