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Armed Forces: Food

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Who is responsible for purchasing food for consumption by United Kingdom-based personnel serving in (a) the Army; (b) the Royal Navy; and (c) the Royal Air Force. [HL1261]

Under the new Pay As You Dine (PAYD) project, currently being introduced across the UK, the provision of catering, leisure and retail facilities for non-operational bases and barracks is being consolidated and let under regionally based “super multi-activity contracts” and private finance initiatives. Under these arrangements, the contractor is responsible for the provision of food for consumption to the standards laid down in the particular regional contract. Where PAYD has not yet come into effect, individual bases and barracks use the MoD's single global food supply contract with Purple Foodservice Solutions for their food requirements.