HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 cc184-5W
22. Mr. Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received recently concerning NAAFI services; and if he will make a statement. [18056]

Mr. Soames

I have received a number of letters from NAAFI employees concerning the award of the food services contract and my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence met a delegation of NAAFI employees from the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union, led by the hon. Member for Warrington, North (Mr. Hoyle).

The contract awarded to Booker Food Services Group represents best value for money for the Department. NAAFI will now concentrate on its core businesses of providing shops and clubs. Recent innovations in these areas have been very successful and have been enthusiastically accepted by the armed forces. I have every confidence that NAAFI will continue to provide a quality service for service personnel for the foreseeable future.

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