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Departmental Food

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g) vegetables and (h) fruit procured by his Department that was produced in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (300181)

The following table shows the information requested, where such food products were procured by contractors supplying food to HM Treasury during 2008-09.

Food procured from within UK: 1 April 2008 To 31 March 2009

Percentage

(a)

Mutton and lamb

87

(b)

Beef and veal

92

(c) and (e)

Poultry meat, including chicken and turkey

35

(d)

Bacon

15

Other Pork

95

(g)

Unprocessed potatoes

90

Processed potatoes

82

Roots and Onions (including carrots, parsnips, onions, turnips and swedes)

70

Brassica (including Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower)

75

Legumes (including beans and peas)

55

Protected vegetables (including tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, celery and sweet peppers)

35

Other vegetables (including asparagus, celery, leeks, lettuce and watercress)

45

(h)

Orchard fruit (including apples, pears and plums)

20

Soft fruit (including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants)

35