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House of Commons Hansard
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23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that the meat and dairy products procured by his Department and its non-departmental bodies are free range or produced to standards equivalent to those of the RSPCA Freedom Food scheme. [323074]

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This Department adheres wherever possible to the key objectives of the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI), which advises public sector bodies how they can specify higher animal welfare standards, including farm assurance schemes and higher level schemes such as the RSPCA's Freedom Foods standards. These objectives run in parallel to those of our contracted catering supplier, BaxterStorey, which form part of our policies that result in our approach to sustainable and ethical procurement. BaxterStorey are committed to buying 100 per cent. British meat, both reared and processed and are accredited to the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme, demonstrating robust support for enhanced animal welfare, environmental responsibility, quality produce and supporting British producers.

All eggs used on the BIS estate are British, Lion Brand standard and free range, all milk used in the kitchens, cafes and hospitality service is British.

Information about the Department's non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) could be provided only at disproportionate cost.