HL Deb 19 November 1996 vol 575 c131WA
Lord Harlech

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there will be a surplus food scheme in 1997.

Lord Lucas

Yes. We intend to implement a surplus food scheme in 1997. The scheme will involve UK intervention beef only. It will be supplied in the form of canned stewed steak, as was the case in 1995, and will be distributed to those on income support, family credit, jobseeker's allowance, the homeless and destitute and those living in welfare hostels.

The scheme will involve up to 8,000 tonnes of beef containing no offal, which will come from animals of less than 30 months of age. All this beef will have been purchased into intervention since April 1996.

We hope that charitable organisations will find the surplus beef to be a help in their efforts.

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