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Food: MoD Establishments

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the Ministry of Defence sources food locally for its establishments in England. [HL237]

The MoD does not directly procure food for its UK establishments. Food for the majority of service personnel working and living in UK units is provided under catering, retail and leisure (CRL) contracts and responsibility for sourcing the food rests with the CRL contractor. Food for UK civilian establishments is provided under multi-activity contracts and, again, responsibility for sourcing the food rests with the individual contractor. Data on the extent to which it is sourced locally are not held by the department.

Purple Foodservice Solutions Ltd (PFS) supplies food to the small number of UK military establishments that are not covered by the CRL contracts as well as to UK Armed Forces personnel serving on operations and some overseas exercises. A report on the proportion of domestically produced food used by government departments published in November 2008, covering the year from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008, shows that under the PFS contract the proportion of domestically produced food procured by MoD increased from 43 per cent in 2006-07 to 59 per cent in 2007-08. This report, and the first one covering 2006-07, can be accessed via the following link at

Figures for 2008-09 are not yet available.