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Departmental Food

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. (323044)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and its non-departmental public bodies encourage its catering contractors to follow the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) guidance for Public Sector Food Procurement Initiatives.

The initiative aims to deliver a world class sustainable farming and food sector. It also provides data on the domestically produced food used by, and supplied to, Government Departments. CLG reports to DEFRA on the procurement of food, catering services and catering equipment, indicating the proportion of United Kingdom produce supplied from farm assured, organic, fair trade tea and coffee and seasonal produce. The reports are published on the "Raising Awareness" page of the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiatives website at:

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