§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the amount of food surplus in tons accumulated in the last year at Royal Navy bases in Portsmouth, specifying separate statistics for meat and bread, respectively.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
No significant food surpluses have been accumulated at naval establishments in the Portsmouth area. Food returned by Naval ships de-storing at Portsmouth is re-issued from the Royal Clarence yard, unless condemned for destruction by professional food inspectors. In 1985 to date some 2£6 tons of meat and 2£3 tons of other fresh and frozen food, including bread, have been destroyed. No separate statistics are available for bread. This tonnage represents less than 0£2 per cent. of food handled at the Royal Clarence yard.