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Food: Pork and Bacon

Volume 708: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Home Office would incur disproportionate costs in supplying data about the proportion of British pork and bacon it purchased when other departments have supplied this information. [HL1551]

The Home Department does not feature among departments which are responsible for the four main sectors of public expenditure on food and catering. The department does not contract directly for food supplies but procures catering services through wider facilities management (FM) or operational service contractors. The department's caterers are not contractually required to have systems in place to monitor and provide detailed reports across the wide range of food which they purchase. To introduce contractual obligations for caterers to set up complex reporting regimes would lead to additional expenditure and disproportionate cost.

When placing a contract with FM or operational services contractors, government guidance on sustainable food and farming is incorporated in appropriate terms and conditions with regards to the procurement of food. Purchasing policy is reviewed frequently to incorporate new policy initiatives.